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A MEMORIAL BOOK
Edenton Street Methodist Church
Raleigh, North Carolina
hen Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi, he asked
his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I the Son of man am? And they
said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others,
Jeremias, or one of the prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye
that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the
Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed
art thou, Simon Bar.jona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto
chee, but my Father which is in heaven. And I say also unto thee. That
thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church : and the gates
of hell shall not prevail against it."
Matthew: Chapter 16; Verses 13-18.
.he Congregation of Edenton Street Methodist Church of 1961 is
honored to dedicate this memorial volume to its past members in grateful
recognition of their sacrifices and loyalties; and to its future members,
in hopeful anticipation of the duties and devotion they will render to
Christ and His Church.
' } ft Edenton Street
Identon Street Methodist Church is now observing the one hundred and fiftieth year in
which men and women have sought God within its walls.
In the sight of God one hundred and fifty years may
be but the twinkling of an eye, but for His creatures
it spans a great era of time. Except for the worship
of God, the men and women who gathered on this site
one hundred and fifty years ago had little in common
with our members today. As they congregated beside
the muddy roads outside the wooden building before
or after services, the news they discussed did not come
by way of the television or the radio, nor even the
telegraph, for none had been invented. It was not even
brought by the railroads, for none yet ran in this
country. Perhaps they discussed the new president,
James Madison, who had just succeeded Thomas Jef-
ferson. They may have discussed the Indian troubles
in Florida, which was still owned by Spain. If they
discussed international affairs, they would not have
mentioned the downfall of Napoleon, for the Battle of
Waterloo still had not been fought. They may have
discussed our troubles with England, but it would be
a year or two later that the British would occupy Washington and burn the White House.
Fifty years later, when Edenton Street Methodist Church was already an "old" church, its
members gathered on the same site to discuss in worried tones the solemn words of President
Lincoln, and the bloody holocaust which was soon to sweep this Nation.
Edenton Street Methodist Church had already passed its hundredth birthday when its mem-
bers first began to worry about World War I, and to pray for its members who were "over
Now another fifty years has passed, and still other members gather to worship on this same
site. As we pass the one hundred and fiftieth anniversary of the foundation of our Church, a
sense of obligation impels us to look back in respect and appreciation to those who have pre-
We who gather to worship at Edenton Street Methodist Church owe an immeasurable debt to
those who established our beloved church and served it faithfully through the many years of its
history. Many of us have been baptized and have joined the church here, have been married at its
altar, and in God's time will pass down its aisle on the way to our last resting place. Much of
the teachings of Jesus, the spiritual precepts and the love of God which we have learned
through the years, we have learned from this great church and its faithful workers.
One of the purposes of th~ : s book, therefore, is to memorialize those who have gone before,
and to preserve something of the history and tradition of this great Church. We also hope in
this book and in our Sesquicentennial events to witness to those who will follow us, our deep love
and loyalty to Edenton Street Methodist Church and its institutions.
None of these purposes, however, express the real aim of this book. It is our hope that it will
give our members an awakening sense of indebtedness to those who have served this Church
in the past, and a realization that we, in turn, are serving others who in countless generations
to come, will worship here where we worship today. In this way it is our sincere hope that this
book may lead us all to dedicate ourselves anew to the service of God through his Church, in the
confident hope that for still another one hundred and fifty years to come people will find Jesus
Christ at Edenton Street Methodist Church.
Charles H. Young, Chairman
I. The Church Yesterday
'Thine Ancient Church's Story" — "In Greater Service" — "A Mother in
II. The Church Today
"Facts and Figures" — "Sunday Morning" — The Pastor — The Church
Staff — The Ministry of Music — The Church at Work — Classes and Organi-
zations — Our Missionaries- — Activities and Views.
III. The Sesquicentennial
Schedule of Events — Bishop Garber — Guest Speakers — Past Pastors —
Sesquicentennial Committee — For Programs and Bulletins — The Memorial
IV. The Church Tomorrow
Our Children — "The Church of Tomorrow" — "From the Heart of the
Pastor" — "Jesus with Thy Church Abide" — "A Thousand Ages."
The Church's one foundation
Is Jesus Christ her Lord ;
She is His new creation
By water and the word :
From heaven He came and sought her
To be His holy bride ;
With His own blood He bought her,
And for her life He died.
'Mid toil and tribulation,
And tumult of her war,
She waits the consummation
Of peace f orevermore :
Till, with the vision glorious,
Her longing eyes are blest,
And the great Church victorious
Shall be the Church at rest.
Elect from every nation,
Yet one o'er all the earth,
Her charter of salvation,
One Lord, one faith, one birth ;
One holy Name she blesses,
Partakes one holy food,
And to one hope she presses,
With every grace endued.
Yet she on earth hath union
With God the Three in One,
And mystic sweet communion
With those whose rest is won :
happy ones and holy !
Lord, give us grace that we,
Like them, the meek and lowly,
On high may dwell with Thee.
—Samuel J. Stone, 1839-1900
Edenton Street Methodist Church
"The Church from Thee, her Master,
Received the gift divine,
And still that light she lifteth
O'er all the earth to shine."
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EDENTON STREET METHODIST CHURCH, organized 1811, rebuilt 1841, 1881, 1951,
1957, has been served by some eighty-one ministers and associates. It has occupied four differ-
ent church buildings, of which two were destroyed by fire. The Church School, organized in
1827, has been housed in three different buildings, and has been headed by ten Church School
Superintendents and fourteen Directors of Christian Education. The old Parsonage, which stood
beside the church, was built around 1895, and was demolished in 1954. It was replaced in 1954
by a new Parsonage in residential Raleigh. These milestones of growth which have marked the
increased physical stature of the church are symbols of its growing ministry and of its devoted
desire ever to move forward in its calling to Christ.
THINE ANCIENT CHURCH'S STORY
HISTORICAL SKETCH by Mary Gardner
jdenton Street Methodist Church stands upon a busy corner
in downtown Raleigh. Amid the clamor of traffic, the nearby
bustle of commerce, and the hum of the surrounding government
offices, the church raises its lighted steeple high above the city
to thrust its shining cross toward the heavens. Three times daily
the carillon bells peal out the great hymns of the church, calling
the varied citizenry to thoughts of God. This church has an
immense potential of spiritual power. Rich in history and tradi-
tion, strong in membership, its vision and its ministry can be
Just as a lofty spire must have its foundation deep in the
earth, so must a far-reaching church have its foundation deep
in the past. Edenton Street Methodist Church, large and vibrant
today, is rooted in history by modest origins. Like most begin-
nings, the earliest events are veiled in obscurity. The city of
Raleigh was founded in 1792, and Francis Asbury is the first
Methodist minister known by name to have preached here. As-
bury was an itinerant preached called "The Prophet of the Long
Road" and was the first bishop to be ordained in the Methodist
Church. In his journal for March 6, 1800, he wrote, "We came
to Raleigh, the seat of government. I preached in the State
House. Notwithstanding the day was cold and snowy, we had
many people to hear."
In 1800 there were no church buildings in Raleigh. Ministers
of the various faiths preached in the Court House or the Capitol
upon their occasional visits. Doubtless other Methodist preachers
s Prophet of wis r.o\<. road
"Crown thine ancient Church's
story; Bring lier hud to glorious
Bishop Francis Asbury, "The
Prophet of the Long Road.'' A
driving force in Methodism, who
brought his message to Raleigh in
the early days of the community.
had preceded Asbury. The Car-
olina Circuit, consisting of 638
members and three preachers in the two Carolinas, had been
formed twenty-four years earlier in 1776. At that time there were
less than 5,000 Methodists in all the colonies. A man named Jesse
Lee is known to have preached Methodist sermons in this locality
as early as 1780. For a number of years at the turn of the
century, Raleigh was only one charge in a large circuit.
The first Methodist church building in Raleigh was erected in
1805 or 1806. It was constructed of hewn logs and located in Joel
Lane's Woods on what is now the west side of Blount Street
between Lane and North Streets. This building was known as
"Asbury's Meeting Place."
At the Annual Conference held in New Bern, in February,
1807, Raleigh Circuit was formed. Christopher Mooring was ap-
pointed as the first preacher in charge, with Gray Williams as
helper. The population of Raleigh, according to the census taken
a month later, was eighty-five families. Thus the organization
and membership of Raleigh Methodism has a continuity of at
least as far back as 1807.
Three years later, in 1810, Raleigh District was formed, and
The church built in 1811, existed
before the invention of photography. No
pictorial representation is known to
exist. Above is a fanciful drawing of
what may have been the appearance of
this earliest church building.
on February 7, 1811, the Annual Conference met in Ra-
leigh for the first time with Bishop Francis Asbury pre-
siding. The business sessions were held in the Senate
Chamber of the State House, and the preaching services
were held in the House of Representatives. Concerning
the Conference, destined to be one of the great milestones
in North Carolina Methodism, Asbury wrote in his jour-
nal: "Sabbath, the 11th, I preached in the State House
to two thousand souls, I presume .... An old time revival
broke out .... We have had and mean to have, while
Conference is in session, preaching three times a day;
meetings somet'mes hold until midnight." It was said
that Raleigh had never witnessed the like before.
One of the first events following the Conference was the erection of a new House of Worship.
This building was completed in 1811, on the site now occupied by the present Church and Educa-
tion Building. Since all of the early records have been lost, it is uncertain when this building
became designated as Edenton Street Methodist Church. However, the establishment of a church
on the present site is the event which occurred 150 years ago, and whose Sesquicentennial is be-
ing observed this year. This early church was built on land donated by Wilie Jones, a colorful
Revolutionary patriot from Halifax, North Carolina, and one of the founders of the City of Ra-
leigh. All that is known of the building itself is that it was a frame structure sixty feet long and
fifty feet wide, erected by William Glendening, a native of Scotland. It is amusing to consider
that when the church was built, some voiced the objection that it was too far from the center of
town. This building served the congregation until 1839, when it was destroyed by fire.
The message that Bishop Asbury brought to that Conference
of 1811 lost none of its potency in the years that followed. Over
the decades the church gave of her members, her finances and
her moral support to the organization of new churches in the
area. No records are available prior to 1841 ; but since that time
Edenton Street Methodist Church has been host to thirteen An-
nual Conference Sessions (1841, 1853, 1865, 1874, 1882, 1897.
1909, 1922, 1927, 1944, 1954). Numerous special sessions, con-
ference-wide meetings, and meetings covering larger areas of
Methodism have also been held here.
In 1812, the membership of the church was reported for the
first time. At that time it consisted of seventy-six members, of
whom thirty-two were white and forty-four were Negroes. The
church became a permanent station in 1820.
A long and unbroken line of ministers has served the church
from its estab-
are listed else-
where is this
Wilie Jones, the versatile and
spectacular Revolutionary War
figure who donated the land upon
which Edenton Street Methodist
Church now stands. A native of
Halifax County, Jones was one of
the founders of the city of Raleigh.
The original of this portrait is in
the X. C. Department of Archives.
The old Communion Service and the old Parsonage
Bible. These treasured mementos from deep in the
church's past may now be seen in the Church Building
in a case just outside the library.
but the names,
themselves, is known of the early ministers.
Occasionally a sentence or a phrase from deep
in the past will reach down to the present. In
1819, the pastor was Hezekiah G. Leigh, who
was known as an eloquent orator. Henry Clay
after hearing him preach one day said, "He
made me smell the brimstone." Leigh spent
most of his later years working for higher edu-
cation, to establish colleges in North Carolina
When the original church burned in 1839,
all the authentic records up until that time ap-
parently were lost in the fire. Church records
appear to have been lost at least one time after
that. In 1881, Sunday School Superintendent
Donald Bain wrote that "anterior records were
destroyed by troops passing through the city
at the close of the late war." It is certain, how-
ever, that a new brick building was built in
1841 to replace the one which burned. From
descriptions of this building and from a very
small early sketch, it appears to have been typi-
cal of church architecture of the day. It had
a columned portico in front, gothic church win-
dows on the side, and a cupola or low steeple
The church built in 1841. Thi«. artist's rendering
is taken from a very small early sketch made nearly
one hundred years ago. The church was a brick struc-
ture built to replace the first church which had burned
to the "round two years earlier.
Among the noteworthy events of the early
days of the church was a revival under the
pastorate of The Reverend Sydney Bumpass in 1848, when more than 250 were converted and
about 150 joined the church. In 1878, there was another great revival held, which was con-
ducted by Mrs. Mary Moon, an evangelist of the Society of Friends. It was said that this re-
vival also resulted in converts who could be counted by the hundreds. Its special significance
to us today is that Mary Moon was the first wo-
man ever to preach from the pulpit of Edenton
Street Methodist Church. (Fifty-ones years la-
ter, during the pastorate of The Reverend F. S.
Love, another woman, Mrs. Victoria Booth Clib-
born Demarest, conducted a revival with record
attendance and a number of converts. Mrs. De-
marest was a granddaughter of William Booth,
founder of the Salvation Army.)
Meanwhile the growth of Raleigh as a com-
munity had been matched by the growth and
broadening of activities of Edenton Street Me-
thodist Church. Sunday School picnics were fes-
tive occasions early in the church's life. As
early as 1850, the Sunday Schools of all the
Raleigh churches used to gather on Capitol
Square for an annual Fourth of July celebration.
Carrying their banners, they would parade
through the streets, then attend services in one
of the nearby churches, and finally return to the
Square for a picnic lunch on the grounds. A
few years later many of these same children,
older by then, marched on a different mission
as the nation was torn apart by civil war. The
church gave of its members to that great con-
flict, and the minister, Braxton Craven, came
to this pulpit in 1864, after having served for
two vears in the Confederate Army.
Tlie earliest existing picture of a church group
activity. This is choir practice in 1S!)(», being held in
the living room of Mr. and Mrs. W. .1. Young at the
State School for the Blind. Deaf and Dumb, on Jones
Street one block from the church. At that time W. J-
Young was Superintendent of the State School as well
as the Church School. The second figure from the left
on the second row is Myrtle White (now Mrs. J. Ii.
Foster), the only member of this choir still living. She
is now 91 years old.
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When the State Institution for the Deaf, Dumb and Blind was established one block away on
Jones Street, many of its people made Edenton Street their church home.- Their presence at serv-
ices, church socials and classes was for many years a regular part of church life. The ministry
of Edenton Street to these people deprived of
sight, speech, or hearing is one of the impres-
sive chapters in the history of the church.
In July 1881, the church building, overcrowd-
ed and obsolete by now, was torn down to be
replaced by the building which stood for so
long on this spot and which is the church
remembered by most of the congregation to-
day. It was built under the superintendence of
Thomas H. Briggs. The cornerstone was laid
September 13, 1881, and the following is from
a newspaper story of that date.
"Much interest has been manifested in this
new church, and there has been great liberality
shown in the way of contributing towards the
fund of its erection. The cost will be about
$22,000. The building will be built of brick,
with a front on Edenton Street of fifty-five
feet. It will have in the center of the front a
tower twenty feet square, which will project
eighteen feet from the building. This tower
will be surmounted by a spire, the total height
of which will be 184 feet. This will make it the
loftiest in the city. The church and the spire
will be covered with slate. The church will be
rectangular in form and quite lofty, with large
windows and heavy buttresses. The trimmings
will be of galvanized iron and terra cotta." _. , , , ., „„_„ „,. . , . ....
The new church built m 1881. This is the building
that stood so long and Is so well remembered by
most of the congregation. For over a half century
its steeple was the highest mark on the Raleigh
skyline. This artist's rendering is based on an early
photograph. .Vote the wooden steps up the side and
the picket fence along the sidewalk.
The pastor of the church at that time was
the Reverend A. A. Boshamer. The laying of the
cornerstone was his last public act. He had
arisen from a sick bed to officiate, and he re-
turned to his bed immediately after the cere-
mony. He died one month later of typhoid fever.
Funeral services were held in the Sunday
School room, at which time it was said, "His
name may be remembered as one who gave the
best he had to the service of our Sunday School
According to The Methodist Discipline a
church building may not be dedicated until it
is free of indebtedness. This new building was
so dedicated in 1887 by Bishop W. W. Duncan.
An account of that day says that "one of the
The sanctuary interior of the church of 1881. This
photograph, taken much more recently, shows the
balcony, the pulpit, the center arch and the choir loft
which date back to the early construction. The organ,
lighting, and some furnishings were added at later
largest audiences ever assembled in a church in this city
was present. The dedicatory hymn, written by ex-Gover-
nor W. W. Holden. was grandly rendered by the congre-
When our nation was involved in the World War of
1914-1918, Edenton Street Methodist Church, like the
other churches and organizations, sent its young men
to participate in the conflict. From the church member-
ship eighty-four are known to have served in the armed
forces, of whom five gave their lives. One of the active
members of the church, the Honorable Josephus Daniels,
served in the presidential cabinet as Secretary of the
Navy during this war. These individuals are memorialized
by a bronze plaque now hanging in the church building.
For several years between 1915 and 1920, the church
was served by assigned "deaconesses" who served as as-
sistants to the pastor in the fields of visitation, help to
the needy and care to the sick. These were Miss Florence
Whiteside, who was succeeded by Miss Jenny Williams.
The latter resigned and left the church because of poor
Bronze plaque memorializing those who
served in World War I. Il hung lor years
in the church sanctuary. After the church
burned it was removed to the educational
section of the building.
From 1919 until 1923, this church was fortu-
nate to have been served by The Reverend W.
W. Peele as its pastor. Fifteen years after leav-
ing Edenton Street Methodist
Church, he was elected a Bis-
hop of the Methodist Church.
He is the church's only minister
to have been so honored. In his
pastoral report to the church's
quarterly conference in 1923,
Dr. Peele paid the following
tribute to his church: "Our
people are a united people, they
love one another and they love
the church and, as a result, they
are blessed spiritually."
The succeeding years of
growth in membership and at-
tendance made necessary an
enlarging and remodeling pro-
gram for the church. In 1950 a
building committee, headed by
C. A. Dillon, was appointed to
formulate and execute plans
for this building program. At
the morning worship service
on the last Sunday before the
renovation began on the sixty-
nine year old building, the pas-
tor, Dr. Howard P. Powell,
preached to a capacity congre-
William Walter Peele, a native
North Carolinian who served as
minister of Edenton Street Meth-
odist Church from 1!)1!> until
1923. He became a Bishop of the
Methodist Church in 19:?8, the
only pastor of this church to have
been so honored.
gation on "Remembering Our Heritage." He
said, "I wonder what the State of North Caro-
lina, the City of Raleigh, some of our homes, the
personal lives of some of us, our
business and professional life
would be without the influence
of the church. Some of us are
prone to forget our heritage.
Heritage means something
which is unpurchasable. . . I
hope when we come into this
building again we shall be more
reverent than ever before . . .
We are privileged to pass on to
those who live after us this
heritage. Let us be conscious of
That same evening, as a clos-
ing service, Holy Communion
was held in the sanctuary. At
this service tribute was paid to
the nineteen former organists
who had served since the instal-
lation of the organ in 1888.
Favorite hymns of the former
organists were played in their
honor. Mrs. J. L. Foster, the
first organist, was present for
this service. The late Mrs. J.
P. Pillsbury, who served tvven-
ty-eight years, was oldest in point of service.
During the nine months period while the
sanctuary was being enlarged and renovated,
morning worship services were held at the
Ambassador Theater and evening services in
the Joseph G. Brown Chapel of the Education
Building. On March 11, 1951, the worshippers
returned to their church home to find an
enlarged and more beautiful sanctuary and to
hear a sermon by Bishop Paul N. Garber on
the topic "Good News."
Much of the furnishings and equipment of
the newly renovated sanctuary were memorial
gifts, including a four manual organ, a new
set of organ chimes to complement the tubu-
Mrs. J. P. I'illsbury, who served
as organist for more than 28 years,
longer than any other organist.
lar tower chimes previously given, stained glass
windows, and the elaborately carved woodwork
in the chancel.
This renovated sanctuary, designed to serve
the church for many decades, lasted but a brief
five years. On Saturday night, July 28, 1956,
the city was shocked by the tragic news of the
destruction by fire of the Edenton Street Meth-
odist Church sanctuary. During a severe thun-
der storm a bolt of lightning struck the cross-
tipped steeple. Minutes later the entire building
was engulfed in flame. Soon the steeple toppled
in the darkness, and it was apparent that it was
A full sanctuary in one of its last days. This picture
was taken on Easter Sunday, 1!)50, the last Easter
before the sanctuary was dismantled and remodeled.
impossible to save the building. The fire fighters
worked valiantly far into the night to save the
Plans for rebuilding a new sanctuary were
begun while the ashes of the old were still
warm. Church members assembled in their Sun-
day School classes the next day with heavy
hearts, but with determination to rebuild.
Morning worship service that day and for the
next eighteen months was held in the Ambas-
sador Theater. At a special conference called
by the pastor and held immediately after that
first service following the fire, Dr. Powell de-
First services held fax the remodeled sanctuary. This
picture was taken March 11, 1951. when the congre-
gation returned to the church after attending services
in a nearby theater for nine months. The lights,
stained glass windows, and open chancel were among
the many new features.
clared: "We will want to make
plans for immediate rebuild-
ing of our sanctuary ; we want
these plans to be made care-
fully, representing the very
best thought and always re-
presenting our prayers, and
above all, our love for God . . .
Sunday Morning, .Inly 29. Sun-
day School was held in the intael
Education Building, hut Eleven
O'clock service was held at the
nearby Ambassador Theater.
The steeple flames, as lightning
continues to Hash across the skies
I feel that Edenton Street
Methodist Church is stronger
and better today than ever be-
During the service Dr. Pow-
ell read numerous letters
and telegrams from friends
from a wide area, many of
them containing donations to
the rebuilding fund. He an-
nounced the very first dona-
tion of $1.00 which had been
given to him early that mor-
ning by an eight year old pri-
mary department student.
This small contribution grew
into over a half million dollars
as friends and nearly 3,000
members of the church pled-
ged themselves to give sacri-
ficially to the rebuilding pro-
gram. Matched with the insur-
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The first rebuilding donation.
Little Linda Miller gives the pas-
tor a $1.00 contribution on the
morning after the fire.
The Old Parsonage. A frame dwelling, be-
lieved to have been built about 1805. It stood
just west of the old sancutary, on the corner
of Dawson and Edenton Streets, the site
where the present sanctuary now stands. It
was demolished in 1054, after the Xew Par-
sonage was built.
The Xew Parsonage. A modern brick home, built in 1054.
and located on Iredell Drive. Church members look forward
to the present pastor's annual Christmas open house in this
DESTRUCTION AND REBUILDING
The cross above the flames. July 28, 1050.
Tiie sanctuary consumed by fire.
The rubble inside tbe burned-out church.
Groundbreaking, December 28, 1056.
Stone arch of tbe chancel; oak beams of the roof.
DESTRUCTION AND REBUILDING
The facade with scaffolding.
A new spire on the skyline.
ance settlement, funds were then available for
the erection of an enlarged new sanctuary at
a cost of approximately one million dollars.
A new building committee was formed with
C. A. Dillon again serving as chairman. The
committee, working with Architect Charles W.
Davis, a church member, and Consulting Archi-
Conclusion of the successful
fund-raising campaign. Pictured
are the pastors and the chairmen
of the various committees.
tect A. Hensel Fink, designed a structure in red
brick which was distinctively new, but which
recreated the spirit and form of the beloved
sanctuary which burned. The new structure was
erected on the vacant corner lot which had
formerly been occupied by the old parsonage,
torn down in 1954. A wing housing the church
offices and more Church School classrooms
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The Cornerstone. Laid June 10, 1957.
joined the sanctuary to the Education Building.
A cloistered walk joined the two buildings at
the front, and the interior court was planted in
grass and lighted with fixtures saved from the
Ground breaking ceremonies for the new
building were held on Friday, December 28,
1956, exactly five months after the burning.
Bishops W. W. Peele and Ralph S. Cushman
were present along with the pastor and three
former pastors of the church, Dr. F. S. Love,
Dr. E. C. Few, Dr. A. J. Hobbs, and The Rev-
erend R. G. Dawson, District Superintendent.
The cornerstone was laid during the Church
School hour on June 16, 1957.
The Hook of Remembrance, in which is told the
story of the rebuilding, and in which is inscribed the
names of all those who gave and who served in the
All the memorials previously given to the
church which burned were re-established in the
names of the original donors. Many additional
memorial gifts were received, including more
stained glass windows, carillon bells, lighting
fixtures, church portals, furnishings for the new
library and numerous other articles of worship
and service in the church. All of the gifts as
well as the names of all those who participated
in rebuilding the sanctuary are recorded in the
Book of Remembrance which stands encased
in the Narthex of the church and which is
opened to various pages on successive Sundays.
The great day of rejoicing and thanksgiving
came on Sunday, February 2, 1958, when mem-
bers of the congregation worshipped for the
first time in their newly completed building.
Again the sermon was delivered by Bishop
Garber, who spoke on the topic, "Our Church."
Also participating in the service, along with
the pastor, was District Superintendent R.
Grady Dawson. Bishop Cushman was guest
preacher for the evening service that same day.
A Consecration Service for the Memorial Gifts
was held on Sunday, May 25, 1958.
In this new building and with a growing
membership Edenton Street Methodist Church
marches out of the past and turns itself toward
the challenges of the future.
First serriee in the rebuilt sanctuary. This picture
was taken Sunday, February 2, 1958, The new struc-
ture was designed to perpetuate the spirit and form
of tin' burned church.
A SEXTONS SERVICE
A church sexton's service is a different
matter from a church member's service. To
most workers church service means
preaching and prayer meetings,
choir practice and Sunday School,
visitation and soc : al suppers. But
to the sexton, church work means
bells to ring, furnaces to fire,
equipment to move and floors to
sweep. And only a few can speak
of so much of this kind of service
as can George Harris, who served
as sexton of Edenton Street Metho-
dist Church for 43 years.
George began work as sexton in
1917, and served here continously
as 10 pastors came and departed.
Though almost completely retired
now, George is still present every
Sunday morning to render services to the
Church School classes.
George recalls that his first days with
this church were before the days of electri-
city was here. There were gas lamps in the
sanctuary and gas light on the streets.
There were hitching posts outside the
church, and those who did not walk to ser-
vices drove in buggies and carriages. On
winter Sunday mornings George would be-
gin to fire the stoves at 4 o'clock in order
to have the building warm in time for
Sexton of Fden-
ton Street Meth-
odist Church for
the various morning church services.
Sexton work was more varied in the
early days, says George, and his
duties sometime involved being Se-
cretary, Treasurer, overseer, jani-
tor and cook. He took care of all
the upkeep on the buildings, and
sometimes he worked all through
the night to have things ready the
It was during George's time that
the men of the church decided to
have their first supper. In George's
words, "They called me one Friday
night and told me they wanted
something to eat. So I went down
and got some chickens, dressed 'em
and cooked 'em and fixed some hot
biscuits. And that was the first
supper ever served in this church."
In all his years of service George never
missed a day because of sickness. Rain or
shine, he was always there. "S'omeone asked
me once, "George, if it was sleeting and
raining, would you go?' I told 'em. If I go
when it's fair I gotta go when it's not."
George still has a key to Edenton Street
Methodist Church, and his work as sexton
is now being done by his nephew. Oris Har-
ris. But whenever necessary George is still
available to help out.
A MISSIONARY-MINDED CHURCH
A notable and rich heritage of Edenton Street Methodist Church through the years is her
giving to the field of foreign missions. In 1831, Melville Cox, while pastor of the church, left his
pulpit to go forth as a missionary to Africa. He volunteered for foreign service and became the
first Methodist Missionary to the Dark Continent. He arrived in Liberia in March 1833 but
died only five months after he began his work
Through the succeeding years the church has
supported several missionaries, among whom
were The Reverend C. W. Weems in Korea ; The
Reverend T. H. Yun in Korea, and The Rever-
end H. H. Stanley in Belgium. The church is
currently supporting the work of The Reverend
and Mrs. Clyde Tucker in Chile and The Rever-
end and Mrs. Lester Griffith in Tunisia.
Two women of the church also went forth
in the field of foreign missions. In 1898, Miss
Mary Pescud, a faithful teacher in the Church
School, sailed for Brazil where she served inter-
mittently for a number of years. A few years
later in 1912, Miss Frances Burkhead departed
for China where she served for fifteen years,
and later concluded her missionary service in
Above Left: Mary Pescud who left this church to
serve as missionary to Brazil. Above Right: Frances
Burkhead who left to serve as missionary to China.
No further early record has been found of individuals going out from Edenton Street into the
ministry. During later years, the list includes The Reverend Joseph Bostick, The Reverend Henry
Ruark, The Reverend John William Garrison, now a missionary in Brazil, The Reverend W.
Eastwood Atwater, The Reverend Jack Crum, The Reverend Robert Wood, The Reverend Jack
Hunter, The Reverend Repton Merritt, The Reverend R. F. Munns, The Reverend William D.
Moore, The Reverend David S. Willis, Jr., and The Reverend Charles K. McAdams.
The Methodist Home for Children
Edenton Street Methodist Church's ministry to the Methodist Home for Children, formerly
known as the Methodist Orphanage, dates from
that institution's founding in 1899. The chil-
dren at the home are clothed by organizations
and individuals of Methodist churches through-
out the North Carolina Conference, and Eden-
ton Street Methodist Church has shared in this
privilege. The Home has been the object of
numerous Church School class projects since
its inception. On the first Christmas of the or-
phanage's operation, Mrs. I. M. Procter, a
member of this church, spearheaded a project,
sponsored by the women of the missionary
society and the former local circles of the
church which has become a tradition, and is
still promoted each year. It is the Annual Chris-
tmas program complete with a Christmas tree,
and presentation of Christmas gifts — their own
"Wishes" to each child by "Santa Claus". Dur-
ing the years after this custom was established,
Mrs. Procter missed only two of these programs
until she was incapacitated by ill health. In
A Christmas pageant in the Chiireh School. Such
observances are annual occurrences, and are an activity
in which the children of tiie church have the
opportunity to participate together. At Christmas
time the children of the Methodist Home are present
in the activities as well as the thoughts of many of the
Ministry to Service Men during World War II. Ac-
commodations were provided for them to sleep in the
church building, and to have breakfast, recreation and
fellowship on the weekends when they visited Raleigh.
1935 the children from the Methodist Home
were enrolled at Edenton Street Methodist
Church School, and this church is continuing
to serve as the church home for the children
and the majority of its staff.
Ministry to Service Men in World War II
With large numbers of its men folk away in
service during the war, the church's thoughts
turned increasingly toward ministry to the
numerous service men who came to Raleigh on
the weekends. In the fall of 1942, quarters
beneath the church sanctuary were remodeled
to sleep fifty service men on Saturday nights.
M. H. Harris, a retired police officer and a mem-
ber of Edenton Street Methodist Church, super-
J. Hobbs, visited with these service men each
vised the weekend visitors. The pastor, Dr.
Each Sunday morning members of the Woman's Society of Christian Service and Wesleyan
Service Guild served a substantial breakfast to the service men. They were joined at breakfast
by the pastor who conducted a twenty minute religious and social period at the breakfast table.
Following breakfast the men moved to the Young Adult class room to read, write, telephone,
and have fellowship with one another and with the young adults of the church. At 9:30 they were
already in church school with the young adults, and at 11:00 o'clock a large number of these
service men worshiped with the Edenton Street congregation. On Mondays, the young adults of
the church wrote letters to the parents of the service men who had been church guests on Sat-
urday and Sunday. Under this program several thousand indiv-
iduals were served socially and spiritually during the course of
On May 8, 1945, the war in Europe was over. On that evening
more than 500 persons gathered at Edenton Street Methodist
Church for a service of prayer and thanksgiving and an address
by the Honorable Jcsephus Daniels on the topic "We Dedicate
Ourselves." On August 14, 1945, when the fighting came to an end
in the Pacific, fifty 'minutes after the news had gone out, more
than 400 persons came to Edenton Street Methodist Church for
another service of prayer and thanksgiving led by the pastor.
The Church School
The Sunday School of Edenton Street Methodist Church is now
housed in its third educational building on the present site. It
too has a rich heritage of service. In the early days of the church,
union Sunday School classes were held for the Methodists, Bap-
tists and Presbyterians at several locations. During the pastorate
of The Reverend Bennett Blake, in 1827, the union Sunday School
was dissolved, and the Methodists opened their Sunday School in
the church building, with three classes: the older whites, the more
youthful whites and the colored members. Nathaniel Blake was
the Sunday School's first superintendent.
In 1839, following the destruction of the church by fire, Sunday
School was conducted for a short time in a building on the corner
of Hargett and Fayetteville Streets. It was later moved to the
Baptist Church on Moore Square. In 1841, the Sunday School
came to meet again in the newly erected church.
Military visitors. Two soldiers
who passed a Saturday night and
Sunday Morning at Edenton Street
Methodist Church. Their names
may be forgotten, but they are
representative of the thousands
who were similarly served during
the war years.
m Church School Building. No photograph
to exist of this plain wooden building, built
in 1881. This artist's conception is drawn from des-
criptions by several church members who still recall
it with affection.
As far back as 1850 the importance of provi-
ding a separate room for the Sunday School
was recognized by the Sunday School's leaders.
After several attempts resulting in failures, a
committee finally submitted a plan ; and a build-
ing was erected and dedicated in 1881. This first
Sunday School building was located just east of
the church ; it was a plain wooden structure
eighty feet long by forty feet wide with a seat-
ing capacity of just over 600, and an "infant"
class in the rear seating one hundred children.
The cost of the building was $3,000. Those few
church members who recall this building re-
member the world "WELCOME" painted on
the wall above the platform. The Sunday School
had thirty-seven officers and teachers and 355
students. W. J. Young, Sr. was the superinten-
dent. This building was completed just a few months before work was begun on the new sanc-
On November 10, 1881. the Sunday School building had its first marriage ceremony. On that
date Joseph G. Brown was married to Miss Alice Burkhead. Miss Burkhead was the daughter of
a former pastor, who performed the ceremony. Joseph G. Brown was later to serve the Sunday
School for twenty-seven years as its superintendent.
The steady growth of the Sunday School brought about a need for a larger building in a few
years. The successful movement for a new Sunday School building was launched at a banquet
given by the women of the church's circles to members of the Official Board in February, 1909.
A farewell service was held in the old building on May 1, 1910. Two years later a modern brick
building, trimmed with granite, replaced the small wooden structure. The interior was furn-
ished in dark oak. Seating capacity of auditorium and combined classrooms was 1,500. Formal
opening was held April 28, 1912. Three services were held that day, marked by large attendance
and the raising of the $31,000 cost of the building. In the afternoon other Sunday Schools in the
city joined this church in fraternal services. In the evening The Reverend Leslie P. Howard, of
First Methodist Church in Rocky Mount. North Carolina, preached the celebration service. The
Reverend Harry N. North was the church's pastor at that time.
Under the visionary leadership of Joseph G.
Brown as superintendent, the Sunday School
continued to grow in membership and effective-
ness. Mr. Brown's death on January 30, 1927,
was a greatly mourned loss in the school and the
church. While reading the birth announce-
ments during the assembly period at Sunday
School, as was his custom, he was stricken and
was carried from the church. His death that
same afternoon brought to a close a life full of
service for his church and his city. He had ser-
ved as superintendent of Edenton S'treet Meth-
odist Sunday School since 1905.
As the Sunday School continued to grow in
enrollment and attendence. the need for in-
creased space became more acute. This need
was met 1936, through the generosity of Dabney
T. Poindexter, a member of the church, who
The second Church School Building, erected in 1912
at a cost of $31,000. Inside was a central auditorium
with adjoining classrooms on the sides. The exterior
granite columns are still in existence.
donated funds for the erection of the present
Poindexter Memorial Education Building, mem-
orializing his wife, Mrs. Vashti Rand Poindex-
ter. This new building, which together with its
furnishings, represents an outlay of $175,000,
was formally opened and dedicated on June 6,
1937. The chapel in the Poindexter Building is
named in memory of Joseph G. Brown. It is fre-
quently used for weddings, funerals and church
meetings as well as for worship services. The
altar in this chapel is the gift of the late M. H.
At the laying of the cornerstone for the
Poindexter Building, the speaker was Dr. W. P.
Few, then president of Duke University, and
the uncle of the church's pastor. Dr. Eugene
The eleven o'clock worship service in the
sanctuary on the day of the opening of the
new church school building featured special mu-
sic and a sermon delivered by Dr. W. W. Peele,
who was at that time Presiding Elder of the
Greensboro District of the Western North Caro-
lina Conference. Three days later on June 9,
1937, several hundred people attended an open house in the new Poindexter Memorial Building.
Officers and teachers of the church school received through the building.
Joseph (i. Brown, visionary Superintendent of the
Church School for over twenty-seven years. He was
married to the minister's daughter in the first wedding
ceremony held in the old Church School Building-
Years later he was fatally stricken while making an
announcement to the assembled Sunday School classes.
At present the church school is staffed and equipped to meet the needs of all ages from crib
nursery to the oldest adult member. Among its many activities are Children's-Rally Day, vaca-
tion Church School, promotion day exercises, additional sessions of missionary units with
primary and junior children, family nights, etc. The church school has been host to numerous
Annual Christian Workers' Schools for the Ra-
leigh area of the Methodist Church.
Prior to 1929, direction of church school ac-
tivities had been accomplished by volunteer lay
members and by various pastoral assistants in
addition to their other duties. In 1929, the
Church School acquired a Director of Christian
Education as a member of the church staff.
Since that time the Church School has been ser-
ved by thirteen Directors of Christian Educa-
tion. Of these, Miss Mildred Hudgens resigned
to go into missionary work. The Reverend
Charles K. McAdams, interim director, and The
Reverend Vernon C. Tvson later became associ- . The ?f * V ^ a "^ B0 ? e s J< ,,, "? 1 . , " vep held at Edenton
... . ' , _ , 1 Trt „ n , . Street Methodist ( hurch. Participants were Primary
ate pastors of the church. Robert T. Bedle is I)ei , artnit , nt s tu dents. Superintendent was Miss Mattie
now the present Minister of Music-Education. f. Reese. This school was held about 1021 or 1922.
"How lovely is thy dwelling place,
"O, Lord of Hosts, to me . . . . "
A tine photograph of the earlier sanctuary.
Woman's work in the Methodist Episcopal Church, South, was not for-
mally organized until 1878, although Southern Methodist women had been
carrying on work in mission fields much earlier than that. The North
Carolina Conference Woman's Missionary Society was organized in Novem-
ber, 1878, in Old Tryon Methodist Church in Charlotte. Edenton Street
Society, a pioneer society, was organized on March 4, 1879, with Mrs. W. S.
Black as its first president. The following is a list of the charter members
of this earliest woman's organization of the church: Mrs. W. S. Black, Mrs.
D. R. Hill, Mrs. E. M. McVae, Miss Mary Pescud, Miss Nellie Young, Miss
Janie Brown, Miss Sallie Brown, Miss Blanche Fentress, Miss Rachel Hill,
Mrs. M. J. Gayle, Mrs. Lizzy Murphy, Mrs. R. H.
Whitaker, and Miss Narcissa Hutchins.
On November 6, 1892, a Young Woman's Mis-
sionary Society was organized by Mrs. Lucy
Cuninggim with nine charter members. Two
of the charter members, Mary Pescud and
Frances Burkhead, later went out as mission-
aries to foreign lands. The society was later
renamed in honor of Mary Pescud. Although
never a large group, the Mary Pescud Mission-
ary Society has had an enviable record in the
North Carolina Conference. During all the years
of its existence its members have supported
missionaries and native Bible women in foreign
lands and for many years have held the distinc-
tion of having the highest per capita giving in the North Carolina Conference. When unification
of the three branches of Methodism gave to the Southern Methodist Church the inheritance
from the Northern Church of the Wesleyan Service Guild, the Mary Pescud Missionary Society
became a circle of the Guild, though still retaining the name, Mary Pescud. Its membership at
the time of unification was thirty-six.
The charter meeting of the Woman's Society of Christian Service and the Wesleyan Service
Guild of Edenton Street Methodist Church was held on Sunday afternoon, September 15, 1940. The
women of the church, assem-
bled in the sanctuary, had as their
speaker and installer of officers
Miss Sallie Lou McKinnon, a for-
mer missionary to China and Afri-
ca, and then a secretary of work in
Foreign Fields of the Woman's Di-
vision of Christian Service. The oc-
casion was made memorable by the
fact that 442 women signed the
charter membership book as char-
ter members of this organization.
They elected Mrs. H. 0. Lineberger
and Mrs. A. W. Hoffman as first
presidents of the Woman's Society
of Christian Service and the Wes-
leyan Service Guild, respectively.
The next day the Women Of the The i.,,^,.,^,,,. Memorial Education Building. Erected in 1937 at
Raleigh District met at Edenton a cost of $175,000, memorializing Mrs. Vashtl Ra«d Poindexter. The
Street Methodist Church for an original of this water-color painting hangs in the hall of the building.
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Organization Meeting. This Is a planning session of
the officers and circle leaders of the Woman's Society
of Christian Service. Mrs. Graham Poyner is presiding.
open forum on plans for the new organization.
In the afternoon the Edenton Street Woman's
Society held its first general meeting.
Since unification the Edenton Street Woman's
Society of Christian Service has been hostess to
several Annual Meetings, including the 1942,
1945 and 1952 Annual Meeting of the N. C. Con-
ference Woman's Society of Christian Service
and the 1944 Annual Meeting of the South-
eastern Jurisdiction Woman's Society of Chris-
tian Service. The Annual Meeting of the North
Carolina Conference Wesleyan Service Guild
was held at Edenton Street Methodist Church
in 1951, and in 1961.
As far back as 1878, when woman's mission-
ary societies were begun within the Methodist Church, plans were made to organize missionary
groups for children. As a result of these endeavors, The Bright Jewel Bands became the young
people's division of the Woman's Missionary Society. In 1882. Mrs. W. S. Black, assisted by Miss
Grizzie Bagley, organized a unit of the Bright Jewels at Edenton Street Methodist Church. It
was composed of boys and girls of the Primary Department through the Intermediate age group,
and was sponsored successively by various loyal members of the woman's societies.
Early in this century, it was recognized that there was too great a gap between the Bright
Jewel Bands and the adult auxiliaries ; and under the direction of Miss Emma Page and Miss
Lilly Dicke, a Young People's Missionary Band was formed in 1912. It continued as an adjunct
of the Woman's Missionary Society. During World War I the girls of this organization made hos-
pital shirts and rolled bandages. In 1923 the organization changed its name to the Marion Allison
Missionary Society in honor of its president who had died in office.
As this mission band grew, so did the Epworth League which had been organized a few years
previously to care for the older boys and girls. This group sought to promote young people's work
in all categories rather than strictly in the mission field. In 1924 an Intermediate League was
formed for young people from twelve to seventeen, and the Marion Allison Society became the
mission department of the Walter
Lambeth Intermediate League.
Shortly after this, a junior league
came into being. This plan of three
leagues for young people continued
as the Epworth League until uni-
fication when the organization was
changed to the present Methodist
Notable Personalities of
An attempt to pay tribute to the
entire roster of outstanding men
and women who, through the years,
have given of their time, talents,
and means to the cause of Christ
through Edenton Street Methodist
Church would be an impossible
task. One may well wonder what
The Bright Jewels, first youth organization of the church. This
early picture was taken in 1X97 in the first Sunday School Building.
The identifying sign overhead has fallen, but youth organizations
have continued uninterrupted down to the present day.
the church would be like today had they not lived and served. The influence of Joseph G. Brown,
W. J. Young, Sr., and W. J. Young, Jr., all long time superintendents of the church school, who
also served in other capacities in the total program of the church, will continue to be felt for
decades to come. Men like Henry J. Young, who was church treasurer for many years and Jose-
phus Daniels, who was the long time teacher of the class of State College boys and later of the
Baraca Bible Class have left an indelible stamp. Tribute to any members of the church must
include the long years of loving service of Miss Mattie Reese, Mrs. Lena Wynne Brown and
Miss Bessie T. Brown with the children of the church. Mrs. Vitruvius Royster and Miss Sallie
Reese served notably in early missionary work ; Mrs. Alma Wynne Edgerton was a moving spirit
in the church school for many years, as well as a church organist. Mrs. J. P. Pillsbury, beloved
organist for nearly thirty years and Mrs. LeRoy Theim, a soprano in the choir for forty-seven
years, are unforgettable memories to many of this congregation.
The worth of these and countless others who through the years have made Edenton Street
Methodist Church a stronghold of Methodism can be matched today by scores of others. Their
names are legion, too numerous to mention here. By their attitudes and practices toward their
church they, together with the long line of able pastors, have made her ministry rich and full.
They have accepted the challenge of the hymn:
"Rise Up, men of God.
The Church for you doth wait,
Her strength unequal to her task ;
Rise up and make her great!"
Ashe, Samuel A. : A Biographical History of North Carolina.
Bain, Donald W.: Edenton Street Sunday School, 1881
Burkhead, L. S. : Centennial of Methodism in North Carolina
Everette, Mrs. J. L. : Seven Times Seven
Iden, Susan Franks : A Historical Sketch of Edenton Street Methodist Sunday School, 1912
Thrift, C. T.: "Tar Heel Methodism" The News and Observer, March 25. 1951
"Edenton Street Methodist Episcopal Church, South, 1933"
Minutes, Quarterly Conference, Edenton Street Methodist Church
Minutes, Board of Stewards, Edenton Street Methodist Church
Mhuites, Woman's Societv of Christian Service, and Wesleyan Service Guild.
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LEADERSHIP AND SERVICE
CHARLES KENNETT McAUAMS, a native of Orange County,
North Carolina, a graduate of North Carolina State College
in the Class of 1942, came to Edenton Street Methodist Church as
Lay Associate on January 1, 1950. As a result of his outstanding
contributions to campus life Charles was listed in WHO'S WHO in
American Colleges and Universities and elected to the Golden Chain
Married to Verna Brock of Mount Olive, North Carolina, in 1942,
they are the parents of four children: Charles Kennett, Junior;
Cynthia; Patricia; and David.
Mr. McAdams came to Edenton Street Methodist Church from a
teaching position in the High School of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.
In recognition of his pastoral concern for the entire membership of
the Church and total program, he was licensed as a Local Preacher
and became Associate Pastor in 1954.
After nearly ten years of service on the Staff of Edenton Street
Methodist Church, Mr. McAdams was called to serve Methodist Col-
lege, Fayetteville, North Carolina, as Director of Public Relations
Charles McAdams, loyal Church Staff member, untiring worker,
compassionate minister to the sick and the suffering, concerned
citizen, devoted husband, loving father, affectionate friend to many,
"I thank my God upon every remembrance of you." — Philippians 1 :3.
Charles sends this Sesquicentennial greeting from his new home in Fayetteville, N. C. : "One
of the highest privileges of my life has been the opportunity to serve on the staff of this great
church, and to share in love and service with so many of her consecrated and dedicated members.
May the church of the future continue to be a blessing as she provides a redemptive fellowship
CHARLES K. McADAMS, former Associ-
ate Pastor of Edenton Street Methodist Church,
well remembered and warmly recalled by all
who know him.
DIRECTORS OF CHRISTIAN
JAMES H. OVERTON, JR.
JAMES ALLEN KNIGHT
ANN WOOD ALL
RICHARD A. LEWIS
VERNON C. TYSON
ROBERT T. BEDLE
THE CHURCH SCHOOL
NATHANIEL 0. BLAKE.
THOMAS J. LeMAY
L. W. PECK
Two years sometime between
SAMUEL H. YOUNG
WILLIAM J. YOUNG 1866-1877
DONALD W. BAIN
JOSEPH G. BROWN 1898-1903
WILLIAM J. YOUNG, JR
JOHN A. PARK
C. A. DILLON
MINISTERS WHO HAVE SERVED
EDENTON STREET METHODIST CHURCH
Thomas A. Anderson
John F. Wright
George M. Anderson
George M. Charlton
George L. Bain
Melville B. Cox
William S. Johnson
John Todd Brame
W. S. Johnson
B. T. Blake
Sydney D. Bumpass
John E. Edwards
Thomas S. Campbell
Robert 0. Burton
Rufus T. Heflin
Wm. E. Pell
N. F. Reid
Joseph H. Wheeler
L. L. Hendren
J. W. Tucker
John S. Long
H. T. Hudson
L. S. Burkhead
A. W. Mangum
L. S. Burkhead
William S. Black
Augustus A. Boshamer
F. L. Reid
E. A. Yates
W. C. Norman
J. T. Gibbs
J. H. Cordon
John N. Cole
W. C. Norman
G. F. Smith
B. F. Bumpass
F. M. Shamburger
W. A. Stanbury
H. M. North
J. C Wooten
W. W. Peele
W. A. Stanbury
F. S. Love
E. C. Few
John C. Glenn
A. J. Hobbs
Howard P. Powell
ASSOCIATE AND ASSISTANT
F. D. Hedden
James H. Overton, Jr.
Grady H. Whicker
Charles K. McAdams
Vernon C. Tyson
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1 hese pictures of former pastors hang in the hall of the Poindexter Memorial Buildin
L. L. Hendren
H. T. Hudson A. W. Maneum L. S. Burkhead William S. Black F. L. Reid
E. A. Yates W. T. Norman J- T. Gibbs
J. H. Cordon John N. Cole G. F. Smith
B. F. Bumpass F. ML Shambureer W. A. Stanbury H. M. North J. C. Wooten
W. W. Peele
F. D. Hedden John C. Glenn James H. Overton. Jr.
£gjL £ ':
A. J. Hobbs Grady H. Whicker Charles K. McAdams
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In Greater Service
/^\ mong the many ministers who have served this church with loyalty and devotion, the fol-
lowing three have gone forth to render great service to Methodism in other fields above and
beyond the walls of Edenton Street Methodist Church :
MELVILLE B. COX
Melville Cox, a native of Maine, was assigned as pastor of this church in 1831. After serving
here for only a few months, he heard a call from the Dark Continent, and left the pulpit to volun-
teer for foreign service. Upon completing some months of study and preparation, he sailed for
Africa in 1833, thereby becoming the first missionary from all Methodism to serve on the Afri-
can continent. He arrived in Liberia in March, 1833, but his ministry was tragically short. In June
of the same year he contracted an African fever, and he died in July 1833. Dying, Melville Cox
left this epitaph in his own words: "Let a thousand fall before Africa is given up." He lies bur-
ied in a grave in Central Africa.
Braxton Craven, a native North Carolinian, began his career as a teacher at the age of 16. In
1840, at the age of 18, he became a licensed preacher. He was appointed assistant teacher of
Union Institute and soon was made principal of that school. The school was recharted as Normal
College and later became Trinity College with Craven as its founder and principal. During the
Civil War, Dr. Craven commanded the Confederate Military Post at Salemburg, and came to
Edenton Street Methodist Church in 1864 for a two year tenure. In the fall of 1865 he was re-
elected President of Trinity College, where he served until his death in 1882. Trinity College is
the forerunner of today's Duke University. It has been said that the history of Trinity College
is the history of Braxton Craven, for his blood flowed through its every vein.
W. W. PEELE
William Walter Peele was born in Gibson, N. C, in 1881. He attended Trinity College, and was
ordained in 1906. He became a professor at Rutherford College, and served as president of that
institution from 1907 to 1910. He was Head Master of Trinity Park School, and later a professor at
Trinity College. He served as pastor of Edenton Street Methodist Church from 1918 to 1923. After
serving as pastor of other North Carolina Churches he was made District Superintendent of the
Greensboro District in 1931. In 1938 he was named Bishop of the Richmond District. Bishop Peele
is the only minister of Edenton Street Methodist Church to have become a bishop, and the only
native North Carolinian to enter the Methodist Episcopacy from this state.
In Greater Service
The Men's Bible ("lass, around the year 1915. In this group were Josepbus
Daniels, who became Secretary of the Navy; Willis Smith, who became V. S.
Senator from North Carolina; and -I. Crawford Biggs who became V. S.
Solicitor General. Pictured here are numerous other outstanding civic,
business and professional leaders. ( Contemporaries of this group will enjoy
identifying the faces of old acquaintances.
JOSEPHUS DANIELS, Secretary of the
Navy, 1913-1921; Ambassador to Mexico.
1933-1942; founder, editor and publisher
of the Raleigh News and Observer ; and
author of numerous books. Mr. Daniels
was known and beloved at Edenton Street
Methodist Church for his magnetic lessons
as teacher of the Men's College Class and
later as teacher of the Men's Bible Class.
During his days in government service, his
faithfulness led him to make frequent long
trips back to Raleigh to worship in his
CLYDE R. HOEY of Shelby. N. C, never
transferred his membership to Edenton
Street Methodist Church, but he served as
teacher of the Men's Bible Class during
the time that he was Governor of North
Carolina. He was Representative and Sena-
tor in the State Legislature for 8 years.
Governor of North Carolina from 1937 to
1941, and United States Senator from North
Carolina from 1945 until his death in 1954.
His portrait hangs in the Fellowship Hall
of the church.
WILLIS SMITH of Raleigh. N. C, was
active in numerous phases of legal activity.
He served as president of the Wake County
Bar Association, the North Carolina Bar
Association, and in 1945-1946, as President
of the American Bar Association. He was
Speaker of the North Carolina House of
Representatives in 1931. In 1950 he was
elected United States Senator from North
Carolina, and served in that office until
his death in 1953. The Chancel Rose Win-
dow of Edenton Street Methodist Church is
a memorial to Willi- Smith.
A Mother Church In Methodism
By Tin- Reverend W. A. Cade
jike all the churches of God, Edenton Street Methodist Church is
situated in the midst of an imperfect and sinful world where it should
shine as a light of truth and minister the Word of Life to the people.
Edenton Street has been such a church for one hundred and fifty years
here in Raleigh, the Capital City of North Carolina. For much of this
century and a half it has been recognized as one of the great and
influential Methodist churches in our state and nation.
During this hundred and fifty years of its
life and ministry this grand church has been
served by a large number of able and good
ministers. Some of them have experienced
unusual distinction. Over a century ago the
Reverend Melville Cox was sent to Africa
as the first foreign missionary of the Meth-
odist Church there. In 1938, The Reverend
VV. W. Peele was elected a Bishop of the
Methodist Church. Young men and women
have gone out from the membership of the
church to be ministers and missionaries in near and far-away places of
the world. Some of them are there today. Through the vision and gener-
osity of Edenton Street, other missionaries than those from this
church are now serving God and humanity in foreign lands.
Others who have made Edenton Street their church home have
served our state and nation as governors, senators, ambassadors, cabinet min-
isters and other important secular and political positions. Situated in the heart
of our Capital City, this church has nourished the hearts and minds of count-
less state officers and employees, teachers and students in our schools and col-
leges who have worshipped here, thus preparing them for righteous service
at home and abroad. And so it is that the ministry and influence of this church
have gone out beyond its walls to the ends of the earth through the works of
these Christian laymen.
Incident to a rapidly growing and changing population in this area, Edenton
Street Methodist Church, together with other Methodist churches of Raleigh,
takes a leading part in the founding and support of new Methodist Churches
in and around Raleigh. Nine such churches have been organized during the past
fifteen years. This extension of the church is accomplished through the agency of the "Raleigh Board of
Missions and Church Extension of the Methodist Church, Inc." Thus it is that this historic church ob-
serves the Sesquicentennial of its life and ministry, not as a church that has been, but as one that is now,
and as one that will continue to be.
But a church's life and influence is not expressed most permanently and effectively in a spectacular
ministry in distant and high places of the world. It is expressed, rather, in the lives of its people from
generation to generation, and from childhood to old age. It would be interesting to hear a roll call of that
multitude of people who, from their birth until death, partook of the Word of Life in Edenton Street
Methodist Church. Many of them were baptised,
ministered to each Sabbath, were married and were
buried from the altar of Edenton Street Methodist
Church. They lived their lives, did their work, and
died in the faith because Edenton Street Methodist
Church has been here these hundred and fifty years.
"Faith of our fathers, living still!" Such faith
continued from generation to generation. Such is ex-
emplified in the life and ministry of Edenton Street
Methodist Church, a mother church in Methodism.
"/ love Thy Church, God!
Her walls before Thee Stand,
Dear as the apple of Thine eye
And graven on Thy hand."
EDENTON STREET METHODIST CHURCH
Organized __ 1811
Location . Corner Edenton and Dawson Streets
Annual Budget, 1960-61 $161,886.00
Church School Membership 1,700
Church School Classes .. _ 42
Children's Division 23
Youth Division 11
Adult Division 8
Church School Workers ...104
Class Rooms and Assembly Rooms 47
Overall Length of Sanctuary 186 Feet
Interior Length of Sanctuary
(Chancel to Narthex) 105 Feet
Width across Sanctuary 58 Feet
Height of Roof (Floor to Top Arch) 49 Feet
Height of Steeple 190 Feet
Height of Cross 121/2 Feet
Seating Capacity of Sanctuary 1,200
(about 1,300 with chairs)
Seating Capacity of Chancel (Choir) .....70
Altar Georgia White Marble
Woodwork Stained White Oak
Floor Vermont Slate
Decorative stone... Indiana Limestone
Brick North Carolina Domestic
.Built by M. P. Moller Company, has 2,760 pipes
ranging in length from 18 feet to less than i/o
inch. Additionally has harp and chimes.
.25 Schulmerich Arlington Carillonic Bells. Played
from organ console or by automatic roll player.
Heard as desired from the church tower, the
organ chamber, or from both.
VIEWS AND VISTAS AROUND THE CHURCH
VIEWS AND VISTAS AROUND THE CHURCH
The Lucy Procter Parlor.
The Xarthex of the Sanctuary.
The Altar of the Joseph G. Brown Chapel.
These beautiful stained glass windows depicting
John Wesley and Francis Asbury were made a part
of the church when the sanctuary was remodeled in
1951. When the church was rebuilt following the fire,
these windows were replaced with Biblical characters.
They now exist only in the memory of the congrega-
The Memorial Plaque in the Poindexter Education
DR. HOWARD P. POWELL has served Eden ton
Street Methodist Church longer than any other pastor.
hen Sampson County is mentioned some people
think of huckleberries, but the congregation of
Edenton Street Methodist Church think of Howard
P. Powell. You have to be around him for only a
few minutes to learn that he has a tender spot in
his heart for his native Sampson County.
Life on the farm was not easy, but here Howard
Powell learned some important lessons in self-
discipline. He grew up under the guidance and in-
spiration of devout Christian parents. While still
in High School he was called of God to enter the
In 1919 Howard P. Powell entered Trinity Park
Preparatory School, then went to Trinity College
and on to Asbury College. In 1938 High Point Col-
lege awarded him the Doctor of Divinity Degree.
Dr. Powell's first church was in Spray (1924-
1927). While at Spray Dr. Powell married Eunice
Claire Rich, a native of Graham. From Spray Dr.
Powell went to Murphy (1927-1931). He then went
to Marion ( 1931-1935). While at Marion, September
18, 1933, the Powells were blessed with the birth
of their only child, Howard Peterson Powell, Junior.
From Marion the Powells were appointed to the
First Methodist Church, Asheboro, where he served
from 1935 to 1939. Their next appointment was
Dilworth Methodist Church, Charlotte, where he
served from 1939 to 1947.
In 1947 the Powells came to Edenton Street Methodist Church for the usual four years and perhaps a
little longer if all went well. All did go well — so well in fact that the congregation refused to let him
go. Fourteen years later Dr. and Mrs. Powell are still loved and appreciated more than ever before.
What greater compliment could be paid any preacher than to say he came through a remodeling and a
building program with increased respect and more love from his members? Dr Powell will long be remem-
bered for his spiritual depth and for his sermons on LOVE. But he will be remembered longest of all
because he practiced what he preached !
With Mrs. Powell. A
Christmas picture taken
in the doorway of the new
parsonage, built in 1954.
Inspecting the pulpit as
it goes into place in the
With Bishop Paul X.
Garber and District Su-
perintendent R. Grady
St. m ~- ■ '
■ J. m. „ ..
I love Thy Kingdom, Lord,
The house of Thine abode,
The Church our blest Redeemer saved
With His own precious blood.
For her my tears shall fall,
For her my prayers ascend,
To her my cares and toils be given,
Till toils and cares shall end.
I love Thy Church, God!
Her walls before Thee stand,
Dear as the apple of Thine eye,
And graven on Thy hand.
Beyond my highest joy
I prize her heavenly ways,
Her sweet communion, solemn vows,
Her hymns of love and praise.
Sure as Thy truth shall last,
To Zion shall be given
The brightest glories earth can yield,
And brighter bliss of heaven.
—Timothy Dwight, 1752-1817
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THE CHURCH STAFF
VERNON C. TYSON, Associate Pastor, comes from a large
family of ministers. His father is a minister, and he has five
brothers, all in the ministry. Vernon is a graduate of Guilford
College and Duke University Divinity School. He is married to
the former Martha Buie of Biscoe, N. C, and they have two sons,
Vernon, Jr., and Timothy. During his student days Vernon was
Chaplain at Oak Ridge Military Institute. He has served the
following pastorates: Stem-Bullock Charge and Goldston Charge.
He came to Edenton Street Methodist Church in 1958, as Minister
of Christian Education, and was appointed Associate Pastor in
ROBERT H. GARRISON*. JR., Business
Manager, has recently come to the church
staff from the world of business. He at-
tended Mars Hill College and N. C. State
College. Bob is a veteran of World War
II. He is married to the former Martha
Dowell of Raleigh, and they have three
MRS. W. EDWARD ANDERSON, Pas-
tor's Secretary, like the pastor is a native
of Sampson County. Prior to her marriage
in 1959, she was Fay Jackson. She is a
graduate of Peace College, in Raleigh, and
has served as the pastor's personal secre-
tary for the past seven years. (Right I
MRS. H. 0. LINEBERGER. SR.
ORIS HARRIS. Sexton,
has served with our
church for eleven years.
Maid, has served with our
church for eleven years.
J. KEITH NICKALSON
MRS. LINEBERGER, Church Hostess, is a
longtime active member of the Edenton Street
Congregation. She is a graduate of Elon Col-
lege, and has been Church Hostess for eight
years. She served as the first president of the
Woman's Society of Christian Service in this
church. I Above left I
MRS. YOUNG. Staff Secretary, joined our
church staff in 1959. Prior to that time she
was Church Secretary at West Raleigh Presby-
terian Church. (Above center)
MR. NICKALSON. Building Superintendent.
has served in his present position for the past
three years. Prior to that time he was with
the J. J. Barnes Company of Angier, N. C.
THE MINISTRY OF MUSIC
p in music as a part of the spiritual life of Edenton Street
Church is under the direction of Robert T. Bedle, Minister of
Education and of Mrs. William D. Miller, Church Organist. It
is their privilege to present to the church
the musical messages of faith and devo-
tion, to lead in singing, and to train the
various choral groups. Mr. Bedle ( right )
is the first staff member to combine the
positions of Minister of Music and Min-
ister of Christian Education. He is a
graduate of Asbury College, and studied
voice under Robert Malone of Carnegie
Hall in New York City. He is listed in
"Who's Who in American Colleges and
Universities." Before he came to this
church in 1959, he served for the pre-
vious five years in churches in Pensacola,
Florida. He is married to the former
Frances Osborne of Greensboro, and they
have two children.
Mis. William D. Miller,
Mrs. Donald Redding
Robert T. Bedle, Minister of
Music and Education.
Catherine Ritchey Miller (left) has
been Organist of Edenton Street Methodist Church since 1948. She
received her Bachelor's Degree from Reed College, and her Master's
Degree from the University of Montana. Mrs. Miller has given organ
recitals in widespread cities in the United States and is North Carolina
State Chairman of the American Guild of Organists. She has been
Organist and Teacher of Organ at Peace College since 1955. Mrs. Miller
is the wife of Dr. William D. Miller, Associate Professor of Silviculture
at North Carolina State College.
THE CHANCEL CHOIR (pic-
tured below) is the senior music
group of the church. These forty-
one dedicated men and women
have the responsibility for the
vocal music at all the Sunday
morning and evening services.
Additionally they give cantatas
and musical programs on special
occasions throughout the year.
Mrs. Ben Rash
THE CHERUB CHOIR is made up of chil-
dren who are members of the Primary De-
partment, ranging in age from six to eight
years old. There are thirty-three members in
this group. They practice one hour each
week and participate in the Christmas music-
al programs and other services during the
year. Mrs. Robert T. Bedle is the accom-
panist for this group. (Right)
THE CRCSADER CHORES
This is an informal group made up of men
of the church. Several times- yearly they sing
the hymns of the church for the Sunday
THE CAROL CHOIR is composed of boys
and girls who are members of the Junior De-
partment of the Church School, ranging in
age from nine to eleven years old. Mrs. Bedle
is the accompanist for this choir also. Like the
group above, they practice one hour each week
and participate in the Christinas services and
other musical programs during the year.
THE BELL (HOIKS
To be organized within the coming year.
These groups will present non-vocal church
music through the use of imported English
hand bells. The Bell Choirs are contemplated
as a medium of recreation as well as of music.
THE COMBINED CHOIRS, photographed in
light Festival of Carols for Christmas, 1960.
he church sanctuary. These groups presented the Candle-
THE OFFICIAL BOARD IN SESSION NOVEMBER 14. I960
Officers of The Official Board
Drewry J. Jones..
Claude H. F
Miss Susan G. Womble
D. L. Cozart
Arthur, W. T.
Anderson, John C.
Baker, J. Earle
Burns, F. Kent
Collie, Miss Ida
Creech, Paschall L.
Cooper, Marvin P.
Chambers, Clement L.
Crump, L. D.
Dixon, Layman. B.
Green, Thomas E., Jr.
The Elective Stewards
Class of 1961
Dupree. H. A.
Ferguson, Paul E.
Hoffman. Mrs. A.
Harris. Robert J.
Harper. Joseph N.
Harmon. J. Obie
Marshall, Roy L.
Nash, T. Lewis
Nicholson, James L.
Paschal, Donald L.
Stanley. Dr. Lloyd B.
Uzzell. A Thomas
Warren. Max G.
White, George L. H.
Wilkes. John W., Jr.
Williams, Charles D.
Williams, George P.
Bashford, Ryan A.
Brittain, A. C.
Cline, Mrs. W. T.
Flowers, E. D.
Gerock, W. R.
Howard, Earl N.
Johnson, I. Edward
Lattimore, George, Jr.
Class of 1962
Marsh. Mrs. Vera Tart
Murphy, James L.
Pearce, E. S.
Raymond. Mrs. Mat. C.
Reep, A. R.
Sharpe, Robert A.
Stone, Hugh L.. Sr.
Thompson, J. E., Jr.
Wall. J. E.
White. Mrs. R. Shelton
Wilkerson, Dr. Louis R.
Anderson, Frank R., Jr.
Barnitz, R. M.
Booker, W. Frank
Clement, Andrew L.
Coltrane, D, S.
Davis. Mrs. P. H.
Doub. Judge Albert
Edwin, Clyde. Jr.
Farrell, Claude H.
Ferguson, B. Troy
Ferguson, J. L.
Class of 1963
Graham, Ernest W.
Hall, Fred O.
Hanse, Mrs. David
Herring, Charles H.
Hillman. Mrs. James
Hooks, Thearon G.
Jones, Mrs. Chauncey M.
Kiser, Jesse A.
Koonce, John E., Jr.
Lathan, W. L.
Ledbetter, Dr. C. Burkhead
McKenzie, Miss Eleanor
Morehead, Dr. Charles
Peden, James M., Jr.
Smith, Dr. J. Warren
Strickland. W. J.
Sumner, Miss Rachel
Walker, Owen, Jr.
White, Jerry M., Jr.
Amburn, John L.
Baldwin, Jesse G.
Brigman, Mrs. Fred E.
Broaddus, Col. Russell
Dawkins, C. P.
Deyton, C. P.
Dillon, C. A., Jr.
Duncan, John N.
Garriss, W. T.
Green, Garland 0.
Gulledge, Sidney L.
Hester, W. F.
Holoman, W. Kern
Howard, Jack O.
Jackson, Charles G.
Jennette, W. R.
Jones, Drewry J.
Class of 1964
Laursen, W. A.
Lineberger, Dr. Henry
Maxwell, J. Myron
Meares, J. S.
Meares, M. A.
Merritt, Miss Mable
Moore, Harry B., Jr.
Moore, Iral B.
Myatt, W. A., Jr.
Page, W. Legrand
Pearse, R. J.
Peterson, Martin R.
Pollock, J. Emmett
Raper. Hugh M.
Sanders, Dr. Lee H.
Readv, Dr. I. E.
Sherrill. Mrs. Russell
Shinn, W. E.
Smith, Miss Clyde
Smith, Dr. Everett L.
Speight, Hubert C
Stanley, Thomas E.
Teal, Mrs. Hubert
Wilkerson. Dr. Charles B.,
Williams, Dr. Robert
Wilson, Robert M.
Womble, Miss Susan G.
Wooten, Kenneth F., Jr.
Wynne, Robert, Jr.
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GENERAL CHURCH SCHOOL OFFICERS
Seated — left to right: B. R. Cole, assistant general superintendent; C. A. Dillon, Sr., general
superintendent; Mrs. E. Y. Floyd, superintendent, Primary Department; Mrs. C. P. Deyton, su-
perintendent. Kindergarten Department; Mrs. Martin Cutler, superintendent, Junior Department;
James D. Ray, Jr., assistant general superintendent; P. D. S'nipes, superintendent, Senior De-
Standing — left to right: Mrs. George Crawford, superintendent, Nursery Department; Mrs.
Earl Baker, Nursery Department B ; Dr. James E. Hillman, general secretary ; W. Thomas Edi-
son, superintendent, Junior-high department; Charles H. Young, assistant general superinten-
dent; Walton S. Dennis, general secretary-treasurer; N. E. Edgerton, assistant general superin-
tendent ; Dr. C. C. Robinson, superintendent, Adult Division.
Not in picture: Donnell P. Dunham, superintendent. Youth Division, and Miss Mary Gardner,
superintendent, Children's Division.
FROM TRICYCLE TO WALKING CANE
The crib nursery was made available in 1958 for mothers with new babies who wish to attend
Sunday School and Church. The nursery is staffed by young mothers and other volunteers. Mrs.
Charles Wilkerson is the Home Nursery Visitor.
Secretary for Nursery Department: Mrs. W. H. Darden, Jr.
Nursery A was organized in 193 5 to meet the needs of children under three years old whose parents felt
they were ready for Sunday School. The teachers through the years have had a happy experience working
with them. Teachers: Mrs. George Crawford, Superintendent; Mrs. David Hanse, now Mrs. Frank Thomas;
Mrs. T. E. Green, Jr.; Mrs. Phillip Davis.
Nursery B is for the three to four year olds. These children have a fellowship period, following which they
have a worship service at the altar, on which is a bras* collection plate and candlestick, memorial to a former
member. There is, a fine spirit of co-operation among the teachers. Teachers: Mrs. J. Farle Baker; Mrs. Don
Paschal; Mrs. Lewis Polier; Mrs. Warren Barfield: Mrs. W. R. Gerock; Mrs. Mary McDonald; Mrs. Blanche
Bradley; Mrs. Paul Ferguson.
.««■ |i <
THE KINDERGARTEN DEPARTMENT
This department is made up of four and five year olds learning to share activities together. Here they
are taught to play cooperatively and to become familiar with Bible stories. The workers divide the period
into a play session and a worship time. In the play period they follow their own inclinations, using play
materials furnished by the department. Through this play they are guided to share, to give, and to take.
Sometimes they make gifts for their parents or for the sick. The second half of the period is devoted to
worship in songs, prayers and stories.
Mrs. C. P. Deyton is superintendent, aided by the following: Mrs. Pullen Sizer, teacher and helpers,
Mrs. Bernard Terry and Mrs. Winifred Cranor; Mrs. J. E. Thompson, teacher, and helpers, Mrs. VV. H.
Keel, Mrs. Howard Gray, and Mrs. W. E. Davis; Mrs. Joseph I. Lee, teacher, and helpers, Miss Natalie
Coffey and Miss Frances Hedden; Mrs. John R. Adams, teacher, and helpers, Mrs. J. Ed Wall, Miss Mary
Ferree, and Mrs. W. R. Gerock. Mrs. Robert Burch is secretary for the department which supervises about
THE PRIMARY DEPARMENT
Edenton Street has always been foresighted in making arrangements J^**^^ 1 ^
of its children As early as 1878 Mr. W. J. Young, Sr., superintendent oi the Sunday bcnool le
gtea^ne^foV separation of the children ^ ** ** ^ * ' ^ tt^
building was erected separating the main school by sliding doors, and fitted with raised circuiai
This first division of children from the adults was called the "Infant Class and was super-
visefbx Mrs W J Yo U1 g . S r. She kept it until 1895, when Miss Mattie Reese became superin-
tendent At his time the department consisted of children up to the age of 12. There were 50
enrolled In 1896 the Intermediate department was formed by taking the older children out of
the In 'ant Class (Primary Department). These consisted of children of what is now Junior and
In te mediate age. Under "MissWs" leadership the children's group increase so rapidly
that in 1899 a new classroom was built. This was soon out grown and m 1912 a ne* bundaj
School Building was erected.
"Miss Mattie" was not satisfied only with the numbers of children but she was concerned
with the oualitv of their religious training. After many months of hard work and study, she
, blished a mplified set of the 25 doctrines of the Methodist Church for the use ot the Pn-
^^SSmnTwbm the children were promoted to the Intermediate Department, they
Tell i!ot onh well grounded in the fundamental truths of the Bible, but were also well versed
in the beliefs and doctrines of the Methodist Church.
During the ensuing years up to 1935 there was fur-
ther expansion and division of the Primary Depart-
ment. At the time of "Miss Mattie's" retirement in
1937, the department had been subdivided into three
graded classes, ages six, seven, and eights with two
sections in each class.
Mrs. E. Y. Floyd then became superintendent. Under
her leadership, the department has increased even
further until it has reached its present enrollment of
115 children, with 13 teachers. There are 8 classes in
all. Mrs. Floyd by working with her teachers and
having monthly meetings for study and planning, has
developed further the program of the children's religi-
ous training. Missionary instruction has been added
to the curriculum by special sessions held during the
winter months. During all of this time, Mrs. Floyd has
been ably assisted by Mrs. Sally Page Ruffin Weaver
(Mrs. J. G.) as musical supervisor. At the present time,
1960, Mrs. Floyd remains as superintendent.
THE JUNIOR DEPARTMENT
The nine classes of the Junior Department, embracing children within the fourth, fifth, and
sixth grade age groups, has an enrollment, as of January 15, 1961, of 178.
The closely graded lesson materials are used throughout the department. Copies of the story
paper, "Trails for Juniors", are distributed each Sunday.
Each year the Juniors engage in an intensive mission study course, holding additional ses-
sions for several Sundays. The department is annually host at an Open House for its parents
Monthly departmental teachers meetings are held. Mrs. Martin Cutler is the superintendent.
Pictured below is the Junior Department ;tt Vacation Bible School.
CHRIST ABOVE ALL
I ! 1. I I :l Ti il ;'
THE METHODIST YOUTH FELLOWSHIP
The Methodist Youth Fellowship, more popularly known by the letters MYF, is the organization of
our church for all young people 12 through 23 years of age. On December 31, 1941, following the uni-
fication of the three Methodist groups, the Methodist Youth Fellowship was formally installed.
This fellowship takes in all meetings, activities, and projects of this age group. In Edenton Street
Church we have three separate departments within the MYF — the Intermediate i or Junior High) group;
the Senior (or Senior High) group; and the Older Youth, ages 18-23.
Each of these groups meets on Sunday morning during the Church School hour for worship and study
in classroom participation. On Sunday evening they meet for fun and fellowship, with supper served by
the circles of the church, followed by worship services and programs for each group.
There are many other activities, such as socials, the annual trip to the beach each spring, the annual
barbecue outing and hayride at Enos Blair's farm, softball and basketball teams, participation in the Sub-
District activities, the annual Sweetheart Banquet and many others.
Each year the three groups pledge to the Methodist Youth Fund, which goes toward the support of
youth work in our church, on the Conference level, and nationally, as well as toward the support of vari-
ous missionary projects.
For the past four years, since the burning of our church, the young people have had several projects to
make money to go tqward the Rebuilding Fund. They have sold light bulbs, candy. Christmas cards, had
car washes, etc., to make money for this fund.
The MYF motto is "Christ Above All" and the purpose is "to live clean lives following the highest that
we know; to give our loyalty and service through the Methodist Church of which we are a part; to hold
the ideals of unselfish service ever before us; and in simple trust, to follow Jesus as our Saviour and
Lord". ____________™„ MM ,
Charles Wright — President
Forrest Hedden — Vice-President
Jodv Johnson — President, Older
Linda Haley — President. Seniors
Marianna Nicks — President, Jun-
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Cobb — Older
Mr. and Mrs. Donnell P. Dunham
Dr. Jere Roe — Seniors
Mr. and Mrs. J. D. Jordan — Junior
Mr. and Mrs. Robert T. Bedle
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JUNIOR HIGH YOUTH OFFICERS
Marianna Nicks — President
Gordon Wilson — Vice-President
Lynn Thiem — Secretary
Richard Jordan — Treasurer
David Hanse — Christian Faith
Beth Wood — Christian Citizenship
Sara Jones — Christian Outreach
Shelton White — Christian Witness
David Parsons — Christian Fellowship
Carolyn Cobb — Music Committee
Kern Holoman — Contact Committee
Stevie Brittian — Offering
JUNIOR HIGH TEACHERS AM)
L. B. Parker
Mrs. Hugh Dupree
Mrs. Ernest Graham
Dr. Isa Grant
Miss Helen Ruffln, Secretary
Thomas Edison. Superintendent
SENIOR YOl "I'H OFFICERS
Linda Haley — President
Harold Landis — Vice-President
Jane Teal — Secretary
Tommy Smith — Treasurer
Kelly Fleming — Publicity
Nancy Ray — Pianist
Hughes Pope — Christian Witness
Bill Crossland — Christian Fellowship
Ed Bailey — Christian Outreach
Donald Johnson — Christian Citizenship
Sally Crump — Christian Faith
SENIOR SOUTH COUNSELORS
Mr. and Mrs. Donnell P. Dunham
Dr. Jere Roe
SEMtlli YOUTH TEACHERS
P. D. Snipes. Superintendent
Mrs. R. Shelton White
I. Edward Johnson
James J. Garland
OLDER YOUTH OFFICERS
Jody Johnson — President
Belle Cline — Vice-President
Harriet Kiker — Secretary-Treasurer
Ella Kiker — Secretary-Treasurer
Mr. and Mrs. Herbert Cobb — Evening
Mr. and Mrs. Maurice Thiem — Church
All youth get together at 5:30 on
Sunday afternoons for recreation
and supper. The meal is prepared by
the various Woman's Society of
Christian Service and Wesleyan Serv-
ice Guild Circles.
After the meal the youth ordinarily
go to their respective rooms for the
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The Annual Junior High Christmas Banquet.
A highlight of the MYF year is the annual
barbecue at Enos Blair's Plantation.
R r^?^ ft
Our defending' champs of the Raleigh Church
League in basketball arc mostly seniors and older
.youth with a few "real old" youth. Herb Cobb
(Number 12) won the League Sportsmanship
Award. The Youth Division also sponsors a softball
team which placed second in the League.
Older Youth enjoy a swimming party.
'MYFers" returning from hay-ride.
The Senior Council enjoys a laugh during one
of the monthly planning meeting's.
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the Christmas Play. The youth cast (left presents the play in the
ary for silent meditation at the Nativ ty Scene (right).
Fellowship Hall and traditionally leads
Representatives of our youth meet with those ot oiher
churches in summer assemblies such as this one at Louisbure
College for leadership training and program co-ordination.
Outstanding speakers are used periodical-
ly in youth rallies. Last year's speakers
included Dr. Ford Philpot (above), well
known TV Evangelist, and Eugenia Price
and Rosalind Rinker, authors of several
spiritual books for teen-agers.
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The week-end Beach Retreat is open to all Older Youth, Seniors, and third-year Jr. Hi's. Since seats on the chartered bus are limited,
a point-system is used to determine who will make the trip, and competition is usually spirited. Points are based on participation in
activities, conducting programs, and attendance. Discussion groups are held twice dailv, and recreation plays an important part. The
theme in 1960 was "God's Will For My Life".
MYF PROGRAMS, PLANS AND PLAY
A program - planning' session.
(Above left). Normally each age
group plans and presents its own
The Reverend Geddle Strickland
presents to MYF listeners a story
of his ministry among Brazilian
Indians (Above right) .
Car washing to raise funds for
the rebuilding pledge (Left).
Ping-1'ong tournament. An an-
nual event (Below left).
Fellowship singing on Sunday
evening (Below right).
FRANCIS ASBURY CLASS
Early in 1958, the Board of Education of Edenton
Street Methodist Church realized the need for a
new Sunday School Class to include single men and
women and young married couples. A member of
the Board approached Frank Anderson, Jr. with the
idea of helping to organize this class. Frank had
able assistance from Clyde Erwin, Jr., Pat and
Frank Culbreth, Joyce and Kelly Summerville, and
Jane and Carlton Garner. This small group secured
Dr. Claude Farrell as teacher, but due to previous
committments, he was unable to take over im-
mediately; so The Reverend R. L. Nicks of the
Methodist Home for Children taught for several
months. At the present time, Mrs. Burnie Batchelor
and Mr. Jim Garland assist Dr. Farrell as associate
The class first met in the church parlor, but as
the membership grew, a room was secured adjacent
to the church office which has been enlarged recently
to accommodate the present membership of sixty-
seven young adults. Members of the class bought
an air conditioner and draperies to enhance the
appearance of the new classroom.
The group has coffee and fellowship upon arrival
at Sunday School, and then they proceed to improve
themselves by studying varied lesson topics that
apply to the individual as well as to the group.
They contribute monthly to help a needy family
and have an additional project of distributing "The
Upper Room" to motels throughout the city.
Through continued Christian endeavor, the members
aspire to attain the character of Francis Asbury
for whom the class is named.
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May, 1!»4K. Mrs
Paschal and Larrj
the opening of the
Center, a suggestion
for m e r Governor
.Mine 'J5, 1044. A group picture show-
ing service men who spent the night at
our church's quarters, former Governor
Melville Broughton, and at far right
end our present teacher, John Harris
and daughter Emmalee.
Lounge Room. This room has
mportant part in class history.
COKESBURY BIBLE CLASS
TEACHER: JOHN H. HARRIS
In order to fill a need for those leaving the Young People's Department, the
young adult class was organized in June, 1937. This was the first such class
in Edenton Street Church. Soon outgrowing the small room in the Poindexter
Memorial Building, they moved to the basement under the Church Sanctuary. The class furnished a lounge area
adjoining the classroom, where the members could meet to become better acquainted and to fellowship together.
This has been a feature maintained by this class in all of its locations, and it has contributed largely to the infor-
mality and friendliness which is characteristic of this group.
During the war a mimeographed newsletter was mailed regularly to those members serving in the armed forces.
Soon after the war the name of the class was changed to The Cokesbury Bible Class.
The membership, as of October 1, 1960, was 131 with approximately 20 additional, who serve as teachers in other
Church School departments, on an inactive roll.
The officers and members, who have contributed to the success of the class, are too numerous to name; how-
ever, those who have served as teachers of this group and to whom the Cokesbury Class will always be grateful
are Mrs. Milton Howell, Messrs. John W. Sexton, Gilbert Swindell, Edwin C. Gill, and John H. Harris, the present
The Hugh Isley class, originally named the Aldersgate Class, was organized in November, 1947, with
Mr. Hugh G. Isley as teacher, Mr. Fred Noble as class advisor, and Tom Willis as the first class president.
The class wa? organized for young adults and today consists of 149 members.
Many members have assumed positions of leadership and service throughout the Sunday School and
Church. By unselfishly providing these teachers and leaders, the class feels that it has not only done a
Christian service, but has grown in strength and spirit. A major class project is sponsorship of the Boy
Scout Explorer Post.
Wishing to honor its beloved teacher, Mr. Isley, for his many years of faithful and diligent service, the
class unanimously voted in 1955 to change its name to the Hugh Isley Class.
Much fellowship is enjoyed by the class, and the atmosphere of true Christian friendliness prevails
each Sunday morning in the attractive classroom which replaced the earlier room destroyed in the
church fire. The semi-annual socials of the class usually include the members' children and provide a high
spot in the yearly program.
In November, 1960, Hugh Isley and Fred Noble began their fourteenth year as teacher and advisor,
respectively, and have provided the class with countless hours of Christian teaching and leadership.
Class officers for 1960-61 are: C. R. Farinholt, President; Don Harley, Vice-President; Mrs. I. L. Bigham,
Secretary; Zack Taylor, Treasurer; and Mrs. Charles Morehead, Pianist.
Hugh Isley, Teacher
Motto: "Service for Others"
A couples' class, organized October 28, 1929,
as a Young Matrons' class. Name changed a
month later to Fidelis — meaning "faithful". In
January, 1930, husbands of members were in-
vited to join thus making it a class for couples.
Original minutes are on file.
President Mrs. John W. Crawford
Vice-Presidents Mr. Earl Franklin
Mr. J. P. Hollis
Secretary Mrs. W. E. Shinn
Treasurer Mrs. Ellis Lundy
Teacher Mr. Blaine M. Madison
Assistants Mr. Cale K. Burgess
Rev. Robert L. Nicks
Mrs. L. A. Peacock
One of many projects — a water cooler being pre-
sented to Methodist Home for Boys and Girls.
Mrs. W. W. Peele (Betsy)
Wife of Bishop Peele
BETSY PEELE BIBLE CLASS
First organized as the Business Girls' Class with a membership
of twelve or fifteen, the class had increased to about eighty by 1923.
In September of that year the name was changed to Betsy Peele
Bible Class in honor of their teacher, Mrs. Peele. With a member-
ship today of 203, it is divided into twelve sections to maintain a
close fellowship within the class. This class through the years has
had an active interest in both local and foreign missions.
The Betsy Peele Class meets on the first Tuesday night of every
other month (six times a year) for a business meeting and dinner.
The meeting at Christmas is a very special one at which blessings
are shared in a love gift of money to one of our missionary families,
as well as a gift to local missions.
The Class that Bought the Buffalo
In 1944, $60.00 was sent to the Board of Missions for
the purchase of a buffalo to furnish milk for children
at Ingraham Institute in India. In 1946. $60.00 was sent
to a Methodist school for children in Jodpur, India for
a tuition fund and toward the purchase of a movie
1930-1953 Little Sister — girl from Methodist
Home for Children.
1954 Girl Scouts— Still active.
1945 Crusade for Christ.
1953 Equipment for study at Methodist
Playground equipment for School
for the Blind.
1954 Room furnishings at Y. W. C. A.
Member in $10.00 Club.
1956 Scholarship to High Point College.
1956-1958 Gift to Church — Main door and two
windows in steeple — $1,500.00.
1960 Special gift to Missions.
Special gifts to Missionary families
each year at Christmas.
Present Teachers: .Mrs. A. C. Jones; Mrs. Howard Powell, Assistant; Mrs. I). S. Coltrane, Assistant;
Miss Elizabeth Whisner, Assistant. 1960-61 President: Mrs. O. F. McCrarv.
THE ALMA WYNNE EDGERTON BIBLE CLASS
The Alma Wynne Edgerton Bible Class was organized in 1918 or 1919, and was the first adult class for
women in Edenton Street Methodist Church.
Mrs. N. E. Edgerton, nee Alma Wynne, saw the need for a class for young mothers who brought their
small children to the Primary Department. There was no class for them to attend, so they would stand
around the room until class was over. Mrs. Edgerton organized this class for these young mothers.
It was first called "The Mother's Class". There were thirty-five members in the beginning; later it grew
to ninety. There are now seventy members on roll; some of them are inactive, so they are considered in
the Home Department of this class. Many of the "Young Mothers" are now grandmothers and still active.
One of the members, Mrs. Ella Hester, has had twenty-six years of perfect attendance. If she is
out of the city she attends wherever she is and brings a card from that class confirming this. This is a
record rarely equaled.
Mrs. J. C. Wooten was the first teacher, Mrs. N. E. Edgerton the first president, and Mrs. P. E. Furr
the first secretary. Mrs. Furr is still active. Other teachers during the forty-one years have been Mrs. M. T.
Plyler, Mrs. U. B. Blalock, Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. F. S. Love, the only male teacher, Mr. C. Hillman Moody,
Mrs. Gurney P. Hood, and at present Mrs. Earl Brian and Mrs. Forrest Hedden. Mrs. Edgerton who
was the guiding spirit and beloved leader served as president until her death. Other presidents were
Mrs. B. Trov Ferguson, Mrs. J. S. Bloodworth, Mrs. A. Wray White, Mrs. H. C. Debnam, Mrs. Joseph
Carpenteri, Mrs. A. W. Hoffman, Mrs. T. M. Phillips, Mrs. Albert Doub and at present Mrs. Arthur
This class has always been vitally interested in missions, home and foreign, and the fourth Sunday of
every month includes a discussion on missions.
The main project of the class for several years
has been collecting clothes for the Women's
Prison. Mrs. T. M. Phillips and Mrs. E. F. Bar-
bour have charge of this work. The articles col-
lected are carried to the prison every few months.
This project is meeting a great need.
PRESENT CLASS OFFICERS
President Mrs. Arthur Polier
Vice-President Mrs. A. W. Hoffman
Secretary Mrs. W. D. Lee
Assistant Secretary.. Mrs. Myrtle Banks
Treasurer Mrs. Cader Rhodes
Assistant Treas Mrs. H. E. Holland
MEN'S BIBLE CLASS
When The Reverend W. C. Norman was serving his second pastorate at Edenton Street Methodist Church, just
before the new century began, an older men's Sunday School Class known as the "Bible Class" or the "Norman
Class" was formed and taught by Mr. Norman. This first men's class was not the forerunner of the present
Men's Bible Class, however.
In 1904, organized Sunday School classes began to take hold. On July 3, 1904, the "Norman Class" organized
officially and adopted its name as a tribute to the memory of the late Reverend Norman. At that time the only
other organized class was one of young men from A & M College, taught by Josephus Daniels.
On April 23, 1905, IS young men formed a class with Professor H. H. Hume as Teacher. This was the ori-
gin of the present Men's Bible Class. There was some discussion about using the name "Barracca". but because
there was an objection to it. the name "Helon" was chosen. In the Greek, the name "signified strength and the
proper sentiment for a class of young men". About a year later Professor Hume moved to Florida. T. B. Eld-
ridge who had taught the Norman Class before moving from Raleigh, returned, and was elected teacher. At that
time, the old objection to the name "Barracca" had "abated", according to the record, and on October 14, 1906.
the Helon Class" voted to change its name to The Barracca Class. Nearly three years later, on April 9, 1909, T.
B. Eldridge resigned. Professor J. A. Bivens was elected Teacher with Prof. H. E. Satterfield as Assistant.
Somewhere around April 2S, 1912, when the "new" Sunday School building was put to use. Prof. Satterfield
replaced Prof. Bivens as Teacher of The Barracca Class. Records show that he was still teaching the class in
1914. The crisis of World War I probably disrupted membership and record-keeping because from 1914 until
1933, when Robert Ruark was Teacher, the class records have not been located. During this period the class
name was changed from "Barracca" to "The Men's Bible Class," and the Norman Class which had been reduced
to about six elderly men. dropped out of existence.
In 1946 a new Constitution and By-Laws were adopted and the "Purpose" of The Men's Bible Class was de-
clared to be:
"To promote the program of Christian education of the Methodist Church through ( 1 ) its regularly week-
ly meeting for the study of God's work; (2 1 financial support of the Church School; (3) the work of its
How well these purposes have been practiced forms the history of The Men's Bible Class.
It would be impossible to relate even the names of the distinguished leaders of The Men's Bible Class. Fur-
ther, it would be futile to attempt to list the unselfish acts which have been carried out by class members. Nor
would the members, themselves, expect to be noted for their efforts. The men of the Bible Class throughout its
56-year history, have been men of consequence and distinction in their business and professions, in our com-
munity, state and nation. The responsibilities they assumed in The Men's Bible Class were not needed to lend
luster to their names or careers. They gave their special talents as dedicated tithes from busy lives to further the
class purposes and to revitalize their own relationships with God and their fellow men.
If The Men's Bible Class at Edenton Street Methodist Church has a claim to distinction, it is not in its lead-
ers or accomplishments. The merit of the class lies simply in being a regular gathering place where men
reach, each in his own manner, to touch the hem of Christ's garment. The virtue that flows into a man at this
touching may bring quiet serenity to a troubled mind; lift a heart to meet the challenge of a trying week; in-
spire an unselfish outreaching; spark a courageous defiance of evil. Whatever happens to a man at this reach-
ing is his own business — and God's. The Men's Bible Class merely offers this community the place and oppor-
tunity for men to stretch out their hands together.
The record of this reaching together has made the history of The Men's Bible Class not something to be
wrftten, but something that is lived in as wide a variety of dedicated services as there are men and minds and
talents and needs. For this reason the men of The Bible Class invite others to join them in the rewarding ex-
perience of reaching for the hem of His garment.
TROOP 10, BOY SCOUTS OF AMERICA
Troop 10, Boy Scouts of America is sponsored by the
Men's Bible Class of Edenton Street Methodist Church.
This is the oldest continuously active troop in the city of
Kaleigh, having been first chartered on November 19,
1923, and has been operating since that time.
The scout room is located in the basement of the sanc-
tuary and is spacious and well equipped. The troop meets
each Monday night for instruction, training, and recrea-
tion. The majority of the present members of the scout
troop are in the higher ranks of scouting and several
expect to receive the Eagle Award by the end of the year.
This year four boys received the God and Country Award
which is given by the Church.
Under the very capable leadership of Scoutmaster
Frank Mansfield, who was selected as the oustanding
scoutmaster of the Occoneechee Council last year, and
other excellent scoutmasters of the past, many of the
members of the church and other churches have received
valuable training as boy scouts. Many honors have come
to the troop both as a troop and to individual scouts. In
1955, Ross Moore, an eagle scout in the troop, was selec-
ted to make the annual report on scouting to the Presi-
dent of the United States. Charles Riddle, another out-
standing eagle scout, has recently entered into the scout
leadership field as a professional scouter thus making
scouting both his vocation and advocation. During the
life of the troop thirty-four boys have reached eagle,
the highest rank in scouting.
Scoutmaster Frank Mansfield, surrounded by helping
Scouts, erects sign at Scout-arama. (They won first
Above: Award night in Troop 10. Below: An Explorers' Outing.
EXPLORER POST NO. 10
Post 10 was formed in 1954 with the Hugh Isley Class as the sponsor. The exploring program
is designed and directed by the Boy Scouts of America for boys 14 to 18 years of age. The pro-
gram is built around activities in Service, Outdoors, Social Affairs, Vocational Programs, Per-
sonal Fitness and Citizenship, all designed to build character, responsibility, and leadership into
the lives of the boys.
The boys presently active in the Post include Herbert Cobb, Brian Davis, Ernie Wiggins, Charles
Wright, Jr., Ben Wilder, Gray Baldwin, Tommy Smith, Joe Strickland, Jerry Murchison, Kelly
Fleming, Gordon Carson and Dale Hunsicher.
The Post is directed by Charles Wright, Sr., Post Adviser, and Tom Willis, Assistant Post Ad-
viser. The Post Committee members include Charles D. Williams, Chairman, Herbert Cobb, Tom
Stanley, Leroy Bigham and Ernest Pearce.
WOMAN'S SOCIETY OF CHRISTIAN SERVICE
The Woman's Society of Christian Service was formed in 1940 with unification of the three
branches of Methodism. This year, 1961, there are four hundred forty members, distributed among
seventeen circles which meet in the homes of members on the first Monday of the month. The
General Meeting held at the church each third Monday opens with Spiritual Life Service, followed
by the program, business session, and luncheon.
The budget is $6,700.00. It includes a pledge to Missions of $4,100.00; the support of a mis-
sionary, Sudie Hunt Doughton, in Chile; and a $500.00 scholarship for a student of the Metho-
dist Home for Children. In addition to the budget, members contribute annually to Week of
Prayer Projects approximately $267.00, to My World Bank $273.00, and for Life Memberships
$545.00. The finances are derived from individual pledges, since money-raising projects are not
The Program and Devotional Booklets, plus "The Methodist Woman" and "The World Outlook"
are used for program material. Three Mission studies a year are conducted on subjects chosen by
the Woman's Division.
Local Community service includes help for the needy and supplying personnel for work with
retarded children of the public schools.
Below: WSCS in front of Church School Building.
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Above: Sacrificial meal during (,Jiiiet Day Service, October 2(i, I960, in observance of Week of Praye
Sudie Hunt Doughton, (right), is a special term
missionary of the Woman's Division of the Metho-
dist Church. She is serving at the Sweet Memorial
Methodist Institute in Santiago, Chile. A native
Tar Heel, her parents, Mr. and Mrs. George E.
Doughton, reside at 2313 Wilson Street in Durham.
Miss Doughton's work in the foreign mission
field is supported by the WSCS of Edenton Street
Methodist Church, which contributes $2,100 per
year and by the WSCS of the Durham District,
which contributes $900 per year.
Sudie Hunt Doughton
WESLEYAN SERVICE GUILD
The purpose of the Wesleyan Service Guild is to provide a channel through which employed
women can achieve spiritual enrichment and Christian fellowship and take an active part in
developing a world Christian community.
The Wesleyan Service Guild of Edenton Street Methodist Church was organized in 1940 upon
the union of the Northern and Southern divisions of the Methodist church. There ai*e now seven
circles in the Guild with a membership of 191. One of the circles, The Mary Pescud circle, is the
oldest organization in Edenton Street Methodist Church. It was organized on November 6, 1892,
as the Mary Pescud Missionary Society with Miss Mary Pescud as its first president, and in
1940, it became the Mary Pescud Circle of the WSG. Miss Pescud was a missionary to South
America ; and another charter member of the circle, Miss Frances Burkhead, was a missionary
The Guild supports Foreign and Home Missions with major emphasis on Foreign Missions.
The Guild initiated some years ago, and continues to sponsor, a sacrificial breakfast on Good
Friday. The offering received at this service is used for some special cause.
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The Methodist Men's organization was begun in the mid-nineteen forties. Dr. A. J. Hobbs was
the Pastor at that time. The purpose of this organization is to enable the men of the church to
become better acquainted and to allow them to enjoy fellowship as they gain knowledge. The ob-
jectives of the organization for 1960-61 are:
"Methodist Men should serve the men of Edenton Street Methodist Church. We want to grow
in number, in knowledge of Methodism, in knowledge of Edenton Street Methodist Church, to
know each other better, and to grow in knowledge of God.
"Methodist Men's Fellowship should lead in demonstrating appreciation and support of the
"Methodist Men should encourage attendance at the Sunday evening worship services."
For the past several years the group has met on the second Monday night of each month. There
is an informal gathering from 5 :30 until 6 :30 p.m. Light refreshments are served while the
men assemble. Dinner is prepared by the ladies of one of the circles of the Woman's Society of
Christian Service. Several boys from The Methodist Home for Children are always invited as
Programs of an informative nature are usually presented. The December, 1960, program was
"Choir Appreciation Night." Members of the Chancel Choir were special guests for dinner and
thrilled the group with several beautiful Christmas selections. The Choir was conducted by Mr.
Bedle and accompanied by Mrs. Miller. Each member of the Chancel Choir received a gift from
the Methodist Men's Fellowship.
Methodist Men stress Sunday evening worship service attendance. They contribute to the
service by singing in the Crusader Chorus one Sunday night a month during the year.
The current officers are:
Richard S. Hunter; First Vice-President (Program Chairman), John Hornbuc-
(Membership Chairman), Parrott M. Hardy; Third Vice-President
F. Kent Burns; Secretary, Dr. Lloyd B. Stanley; Treasurer, W. T.
kle ; Second Vice-President
(Arrangements Chairman) ,
Arthur; and Chaplain, The Reverend Robert L. Nicks
THE W. A. STANBURY MEMORIAL LIBRARY
Dr. Powell accepts books in honor of The Reverend Vernon
sented by Miss Mary Gardner's Junior class.
Pyson, Mr. Bedle and himself. These were pre-
When Miss Ann W. Woodall was Director of Religious Education, she, Dr. J. E. Hillman and Mrs. C.
D. Douglas were among the people who first acted on the idea of establishing a library whose primary
purpose would be to serve as a resource center for the Edenton Street Methodist Church and Church
School. From the nucleus of books organized by these pioneers, Mr. Richard Lewis, later Director of
Religious Education, and Miss Clyde Smith, librarian at the Olivia Raney Library, enlarged the collec-
tion and set up the library as a functioning part of the Church.
When the new Sanctuary and annex were built in 1957, it was decided to set aside a room for the
library directly adjoining the office of the Director of Religious Education. The Library is called, "The
W. A. Stanbury Memorial Library' in memory of a former Pastor. The furnishings of the room were
given by Mrs. Earl W. Brian and the late Dr. Brian. Mrs. Brian served as secretary and pastoral assis-
tant to Dr. Stanbury from 1923 to 1929. There are now 815 volumes on our shelves in addition to periodi-
cals, film strips, slides and records. During the past year memorial gifts totaling approximately $500 have
enabled us to add substantially to the usefulness of this comparatively new and fast growing part of our
The library is staffed by volunteer workers under the direction of Mrs. Lucian Peacock, Librarian.
Mrs. Frank Wilson uses library materials in preparing to teach her class
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Farewell to the Lester Griffith family, mission-
aries to Xorth Africa.
■T. Warren Smith. Choir Director Bud Beiile
Charge Lav Leader. applauds a praiseworthy per-
Mary Gardner. Superintendent of the Children's Preparing Sunday Night Supper for the Methodist
Division, and Don Dunham. Superintendent of the Youth Fellowship.
Youth Division of the Church School, confer on edu-
10:30 Sunday Morning. A posed picture taken in the courtyard at
the conclusion of Sunday School.
>Dss Corinna Sanders and
Mrs. H. O. Lineherger prepare
mid-morning snacks for Yaca-
tion Church School.
OUR MISSIONARIES IN FOREIGN FIELDS
It is the privilege of our church to support with its funds, its prayers and its loving concern
the work of these two families in foreign mission service. As our representatives they are bring-
ing the message and the benefits of Christianity to peoples of faraway lands.
The Lester E. Griffith, Jr. family, serving in Tunisia. Left to right are Forrest. Valerie, Janice, Lester and Eric. Lester
Griffith is a native of Cleveland, Ohio. He attended Ohio Wesleyan University and Vanderbilt School of Religion ana aid
graduate work at Yale. After serving as pastor of several rural churches in Tennessee, he was designated a missionary to
strife-torn Algeria and assigned to Edenton Street Church for support. He was director of the mission at Fort National in
eastern Algeria, and was active in the "each one teach one" program to combat illiteracy. The smouldering warfare in North
Africa surrounded his activities, and at one time he was a captive of the Algerian rebels. After a one year furlough in the
United States, he and his family returned to Africa, and he is now in charge of a mission school in Tunisia.
The Clyde Tucker family, serving in Chile. Lett to rignt are Theresa, John. Yvonne, Michael, Clyde, and Thomas. Clyde
Tucker studied at Duke University, and has served as a pastor in Virginia. He is married to the former Yvonne Herndon of
Durham. Their assignment in Chile takes them to Nueva Imperial in the South Central part of the country. Their charge is on
the edge of Araucanian Indian territory, a tribe not yet completely civilized or conquered. Their work is principally with
education, medical relief and hygiene. They were most active in the disastrous earthquakes in Chile in 1960.
A REDEMPTIVE EXPERIENCE IN CAPTIVITY
The Reverend Lester E. Griffith, Jr., one of our mis-
sionaries, was serving in Algeria in the summer of
1958. On all sides he saw manifestations of the emotions
and divisions brought about by the struggle for
Algerian independence from France. This is a complex
question, and one which is far from solved today,
nearly three years later. In August, 1958, Lester Grif-
fith was making a journey away from his assigned
post when he was taken prisoner by members of the
"National Liberation Army," the soldiers of the Alger-
ian rebels, who initially believed that he was an enemy
to their cause. For weeks, his whereabouts were un-
known ; and his family, his friends, and his church had
no knowledge of his fate. When the rebel soldiers be-
came convinced that he was a religious worker and not
a political one, they eventually set him free. Mr. Grif-
fith in a letter to the Pastor of this church has given
the following redemptive interpretation of his ex-
perience as a prisoner:
was on my way out to freedom from my captivity among the Algerian rebels when the
answer to one of the strongest questions I had in those days became crystal clear.
I was with a patrol of four soldiers, three of whom had gone ahead to scout the way. The
fourth, an eighteen year old boy, unmindful of danger, led me steadily forward. My thoughts
gradually centered on this young soldier. I thought to myself, "Just what is it that makes this
illiterate boy walk silently on with no knowledge of whom he is leading or why? He knows the
danger, for many have already met death on these same paths."
Then I knew I had the answer. He was led on by an idea. To himself he was saying and be-
lieving, "Our independence is coming, and I am ready to die for it." An unknown leader out there
somewhere was giving the orders, and he was obeying without question or hesitation. He knew
what he was living for and what he was willing to die for.
Then a new thought came to me. Our battle of life is on different terms, but the parable is
there. To die is not the worst by far that can happen to us ; that gradual death of the soul as we
back away from right principles into the slavery of an uninspired, selfish, and undisciplined life
is immeasurably worse.
We are called to citizenship in the highest community of all, the Kingdom of God. We have a
known leader for all Eternity, Jesus Christ. Will our ardor in our cause and our trust in our Lead-
er match that of my youthful guide?
The COMMEMORATION of
One Hundred and Fifty Years
"Unshaken as eternal hills
Inviolable she stands.
A mountain that shall fill the earth,
A house not made with hands."
1811 , /% AX 1961
^/V THE SESQUICENTENNIAL PROGRAM
< %!» ' Schedule of Events r
Sunday Morning Bishop Paul N. Garber of the Richmond Area
February 2 6, 19 61
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, /. Sunday Morning The Reverend Graham S. Eubank, District Super- a b „o
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/•■>- March 12, 1961 intendent, Raleigh District U N q O 1
-^ Sunday Morning Dr. Eugene C. Few, District Superintendent ^ V
,£' ^ <S> March 19, 1961 Gastonia District, and Former Paster, Edenton <jN
,-P, 0, Street Methodist Church ^> N
O Sunday Morning Dr. A. J. Hobbs. District Superintendent, New
April 9. 1961 Bern District, and Former Pastor, Edenton Street oo — ■"
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Bishop Paul Neff Garber, of the
ishop Paul Neff Garber was born at New Market, Virginia,
July 27, 1899. He received the degree of Bachelor of Arts from
Bridgewater College in 1919; Master of Arts, University of Penn-
sylvania in 1921; and Doctor of Philosophy, University of Pennsyl-
vania, in 1923. He also studied at Crozer Theological Seminary and
has received honorary degrees from five colleges and universities.
Bishop Garber has been a member of the faculty of the University
of Pennsylvania, Brown University, and Duke University, where
he was Dean of the Divinity School.
In 1926 the Western North Carolina Conference welcomed Dr.
Garber to its membership. In 1944 he was elected Bishop of the
Methodist Church. He served as Bishop of the Geneva Area and had
supervision of the Methodist Conference in North Africa, Spain,
Switzerland, Belgium, Czechoslovakia, Poland, Yugoslavia, Hungary,
Austria, Bulgaria, and the Madeira Islands. Since 1952 Bishop Gar-
ber has been in charge of the Richmond Area which comprises the
Virginia and North Carolina Conferences.
A MESSAGE FROM BISHOP GARBER
he first Methodist Church in the world was the Foundry Church in London, England. John Wesley was
the first pastor and under his leadership the Foundry Congregation adopted certain practices which can be con-
sidered the landmarks of world Methodism.
There were nine landmarks in this mother church of Methodism; first, vital religion was stressed: second,
the church had a sane theology; third, it was a witnessing church; fourth, it was a democratic church; f'fth,
the Foundry was a place where laymen and laywomen played a vital part: sixth, the congregation believed in
home and foreign missions: seventh, the members of the Foundry felt that they had an obligation to care for the
poor and the needy; eighth, an educational program was stressed; and ninth, the Foundry was a growing and
evangelistic church. These nine characteristics were the landmarks of early Methodism.
I am so happy that on the 150th anniversary of the founding of our Edenton Street Methodist Church. Ra-
leigh, it can truly be said that this congregation in 1961, in a modern era, is still in historic succession with
the Foundry, the mother church of Methodism. Edenton Street Methodist Church has never removed the an-
cient landmarks which our fathers have set.
First, vital religion is stressed in our Edenton Street Methodist Church. Our pastors have always emphasized
the historic theme of Methodism such as salvation by faith, the witness of the spirit, the doctrine of as-
surance and the holiness of life. Hearts were warmed at the Foundry in 1739 and hearts are also warmed at
Edenton Street Methodist Church in 1961.
Second, the sane theology of pioneer Methodism still characterizes Edenton Street Methodist Church. "Is
thy heart right? Dost thou love and serve God?" are still the theological tests of membership.
Third, our Edenton Street Methodist Church in 1961 is known as a witnessing church. Just as the Foundry,
our members testify to their faith by doing no harm, by avoiding evil of all kinds, by doing good to all people,
and by attending upon the ordinances of God.
Fourth, a democratic spirit is found in 1961 in Edenton Street Methodist Church. It is not a class church
but instead people of all social and economic strata are welcomed in this congregation.
Fifth, laymen and laywomen in 19 61 play a vital part in Edenton Street Methodist Church. They are in
historic succession with those pioneer members of the Foundry who supported John Wesley in laying the
foundations of world Methodism.
Sixth, Edenton Street Methodist Church, like the Foundry, has always led in the missionary movement. It
is with justifiable pride that we remember that it was a pastor of Edenton Street Methodist Church. Brother
Melville B. Cox. who became the first American Methodist to go as a foreign missionary and who died in Liberia
as our first martyr of Methodist missions.
Seventh, the humanitarian spirit of Edenton Street Methodist Church is shown in 1961 by the manner, for
example, in which the congregation supports the Methodist Home for Children in Raleigh and the Methodist
Retirement Home in Durham. Edenton Street members have always given generously to help the poor and
the needy and assist sick people through the Golden Cross Society.
Eighth, as at the Foundry, Edenton Street Methodist Church through an excellent church school program
in the Poindexter Educational Building, stresses the union of piety and learning. The support by Edenton Street
Methodist Church of our Methodist colleges and Wesley Foundations shows concern for the Christian educa-
tion of young people who might be denied a college education without the support of this congregation.
Ninth, and of greatest importance, because of its passion for souls, Edenton Street Methodist Church in
1961 is truly in historic succession with early Methodism. As a result, although now a down-town church,
Edenton Street Methodist Church continues to grow, and this is because of the evangelistic zeal of the pastors
As your Bishop, your colleague and friend, I thank our Heavenly Father for the many contributions made
by Edenton Street Methodist Church toward the saving of souls and the betterment of mankind during the
past one hundred and fifty years. I am grateful that in 1961 Edenton Street Methodist Church is truly in his-
toric succession with the Foundry, the mother church of Methodism. My prayer is that Edenton Street Methodist
Church in the years ahead may always continue this program and ever remain loyal to the historic landmarks
of earlv Methodism. „ . ,,
Paul Neff Garber
OR. RALPH W. SOCKMAN
Pastor, Christ Church, Methodist,
New York City
Dr. Ralph W. Sockman was born in Mt. Vernon, Ohio, and graduated
from Wesleyan University. From Columbia University he received
l>oth his Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degrees. Having
completed training at Union Theological Seminary, he joined the staff
of the Madison Avenue Methodist Church, now Christ Church, Metho-
dist. In 1917 he came into the full pastorate where he has served over
Since 1928, he has been the speaker on the National Pulpit, the
oldest leading Protestant broadcast in the world. He is president of
the Church Peace union, a Carnegie Foundation, and the Board of
World Peace of the Methodist Church. He is also Chaplain of New
York University. Among his books are The Higher Happiness, How to
Relieve, The Whole .Armor of God and Man's First Love.
Dr. Sockman holds honorary degrees from twenty-one schools. Twice
he has refused the position of bishop. In a poll conducted by Christian
Century he was named one of the six most outstanding clergymen of
all denominations in the world today.
Dr. Robert E. Goodrich, Jr., a Texan, after attending schools in his
home state and Louisiana, was graduated from Centenary Academy.
Through his junior year, he attended Centenary College, and after a
three-year venture into radio, returned to college to prepare for the
ministry. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Birmingham-
Southern University. Subsequently he studied for three years in the
Theological School of Southern Methodist University. Centenary Col-
lege conferred upon him an honorary doctorate.
Dr. Goodrich has served as pastor in the churches of Port Arthur,
Houston, El Paso, and Dallas. Through radio he has reached millions.
He was the producer of the first professional Methodist radio program
and for two years was the preacher on the Methodist series of the
Protestant Hour. His filmed program. The Pastor Calls, is now televised
under the auspices of the National Council of Churches.
Among the books written by Dr. Goodrich are What's It All About?
and Reach for the Sky.
IHt. JAMES T. CIKLAXI)
Dean of the Chapel,
Durham, North Carolina
DR. ROBERT E. GOODRICH, JR.
Pastor, First Methodist Church,
Dr. .lames T. Cleland, Dean of the Chapel and James B. Duke Pro-
fessor of Teaching at Duke University, was born in Glasgow, Scotland.
After graduation from Hillhead High School in that city, he received
his Master of Arts degree from Glasgow University. Coming to Ameri-
ca, he earned distinction with work at Union Theological Seminary in
New York City. In 1951 Davidson College bestowed upon him an hon-
orary Doctor of Divinity Degree.
Dr. Cleland has been affiliated with the instructional departments
of the following schools: Amherst College, Massachusetts; Glasgow
University, Divinity Hall, Scotland; Union Theological Seminary, New
York City; Pacific School of Religion, Berkeley, California; and Duke
University. His lectureships include the Frederic Rogers Kellog Lec-
tures, Episcopa: Theological School, Cambridge, Massachuetts; The
Hoyt Lectures of Auburn Seminary, Union Theological Seminary, New
York: The Peyton Lectures, Southern Methodist University, Texas; and
the Zimmerman Lectures, Luthern Theological Seminary, Gettysburg,
Dr. Cleland's writings have been published in Rest Sermons, The
Interpreter's Bible, The True and Lively Word and Occasional Sermons.
Page 8 2
FOR THE SESQUICENTENNIAL
A native of Chester, South Carolina, Bishop Paul Hardin, Jr.,
attended school in that city and then was graduated from Wof-
ford College with a Bachelor of Arts Degree and from Candler
School of Theology, Emory University, with a Bachelor of
Divinity Degree. Later the honorary degree of Doctor of
Divinity was conferred upon him by Wofford and by Birming-
ham Southern College.
Bishop Hardin joined the Western North Carolina Confer-
ence in the fall of 1927, and served numerous pastorates, in-
cluding Central Church, Shelby, and Wesley Memorial Church,
High Point. In 1949 he became the minister of the First Meth-
odist Church of Birmingham, Alabama, where he served eleven
In 1960 Bishop Hardin was one of five men elected on the
first ballot by the North Alabama Conference as delegates to
the General and Jurisdictional Conference. At the Jurisdiction-
al Conference at Lake Junaluska in July of that year he was
one of the four men elected to the episcopacy, after which he
was assigned to the new Columbia Area.
BISHOP PAUL HARDIN, JR.
Bishop, Columbia Area,
The Reverend Graham S. Eubank was born and reared in
Maysville, North Carolina. He was educated in the public-
schools of Maysville, Wofford College, Spartenburg, South
Carolina, and the Divinity School of Duke University.
Since serving as student pastor for City Road, White Mem-
orial Charge, Henderson, North Carolina, he has held pastor-
ates at Pinetops, Aurora, Red Springs, Fairmont Church in
Raleigh, and Hay Street Church in Fayetteville. During World
War II he served as chaplain in the Army Air Force. He has
had other honors and responsibilities including trustee for
Greensboro College, member of the Committee on Annual Con-
ference Boundaries, the Southeastern Jurisdiction, the Meth-
odist Church, and delegate to the General Jurisdictional Con-
ference, the Methodist Church.
THE REVEREND G. s. EUBANK
Raleigh District, North Carolina
Dr. Charles Ray Goff, a native of Iowa, is the pastor of the
famed Chicago Temple, the oldest church in Chicago. He was
educated at Northwestern University, where he was honored
with an Alumni Merit Award, and at Garrett Biblical Institute,
where the degree of Doctor of Divinity was conferred upon
him. He was later affiliated with both of the above schools.
Before coming to the Chicago Temple, Dr. Goff served
churches in Oak Park and Rockford, Illinois.
He is a leader in civic and ecclesiastical affairs and is much
sought after as a lecturer, having spoken for interdenomina-
tional conferences and conventions in almost every state in
the union. He is the author of A Better Hope. Anyone for
Calvary?; Invitation to Commune; and Chapel in the Sky. Dr.
Goff is the preacher for a network program called Methodist
Men's Hour currentlv carried over four hundred radio stations.
DR. CHARLES RAY GOFF
Pastor, Chicago Temple,
GREETINGS FROM FORMER PASTORS
The messages printed below are excerpts from letters received at the church from all of the
living past pastors.
l>r. Frank S. L.ove
Dr. Eugene C. Few
Greetings and congratulations to a great
church in a high hour. You can recall your his-
tory with pride and look to the future with con-
fidence. When we hear the story of 150 years — a
thrilling history of missionary endeavor and
evangelism — and recall the disasters of fire and
storm and the measure of your faith and courage
as you turn to rebuild, one can but thank God for
this great church with its ever-increasing aware-
ness of its place in service to the world and to
In our retirement we recall the days of associa-
tion with you with joy and thanksgiving.
F. S. Love
Surely, the rich heritage bequeathed us
by the original founders of Edenton Street
Methodist Church and by others who have
followed them in uncompromising devotion
to their church and Lord, are sufficient to
cause us with becoming humility and deter-
mination to dedicate ourselves as never be-
fore to sustained loyalty to the church and
to Christ Jesus, our Redeemer, the Eternal
Rock, upon which the Christian Church is
Yours in gratitude to Edenton Street
Methodist Church and to our God.
Eugene C. Few
Many of God's most noble spirits, men and
women of warm hearts and never-failing loyal-
ties, have made their contribution to maintain in
the heart of our State one of the great churches
of all time. As one generation of loyal workers
has passed, another has risen to maintain the
noble ideals and principles which have from de-
cade to decade kept her on the course that leads
to Christian victory. For all these great souls,
both past and present, who have given so gener-
ously and faithfully of their talent, their prayers,
their labors, their loyalty, and their means, we
thank our Heavenly Father.
I know that thousands upon thousands of
Christian men and women everywhere will join
me in fervent prayer that Edenton Street Meth-
odist Church may continue through all the
years ahead to show people the way of our Lord,
and to lead them into and along this blessed way.
God and His Church are permanent. They
abide. How many dedicated members have
been willing to pour their lives into Edenton
Street Methodist Church — into something
bigger than themselves — during the past
One Hundred and Fifty years! Congratula-
tions to the present Pastors and members
who count it a privilege to serve a Church
that will remain a blessing long after they
John C. Glenn
John C. Glenn
Dr. A. 3. Hobbs
THE SESQUICENTENNIAL COMMITTEE
D. L. Cozart, Jr.
Hugh G. Dupree
N. E. Edgerton
B. Troy Ferguson
Miss Mary Gardner
John H. Harris
Mrs. J. H. Highsmith
Mrs. A. C. Jones
Drewry J. Jones
I. Edward Johnson
Charles H. Young, Chairman
Frank R. Anderson, Jr.
Miss Bessie B. Brown
Miss Bessie T. Brown
Mrs. Earl W. Brian
F. Kent Burns
C. C. Cunningham
C. A. Dillon, Sr.
C. A. Dillon, Jr.
G rover Dillon, Jr.
Recognizing that an event of such significance as the One Hundred
and Fiftieth Anniversary of the organizing of Edenton Street Metho-
dist Church should be appropriately observed, the church had planned a
commemorative program for many months. More than one year ago the
above committee was named for the purpose of planning activities which
would suitably denote the passing of this milestone in the life of the
church. Charles H. Young, a lifelong active church member, was chosen
to direct this large project. The committee first met in the Joseph G.
Brown Chapel on May 10, 1960, and decided upon a program that would
include outstanding speakers, outstanding music, a commemorative book,
and messages of lasting value. The various subordinate committee chair-
men were chosen, who in turn picked their working committees. Thanks
is expressed to all of these and to the many not named here who have
contributed some part to making this Sesquicentennial a meaningful ac-
tivitv in the service of Christ.
Hugh G. Dupree. Chairman
Mrs. James M. Peden
Mrs. Drewry Jones
Maurice P. Thiem.
Frank R. Anderson, Jr.
F. Kent Burns
Mrs. Mav S. Mvatt
R. Fred Noble, Jr.
Mrs. C. F. Parrish
Mrs. Mae B. Pemberton
Dr. J. Warren Smith
P. D. Snipes
Mrs. Lloyd B. Stanley
Maurice P. Thiem
Mrs. Virgil H. Williams
Mrs. A. Wrav White
Charles H. Young, Chairman,
Sesquicentennial ( 'ommittee
. A. Dillon, Jr., Chairman
Mrs. Kern Holoman
Mrs. Charles Morehead
Dr. H. Lineberger, Jr.
Mrs. J. Lyman Melvin
Robert T. Bedle
Mrs. C. A. Dillon. Jr.
D. L. Cozart, Jr.. Chairman
Mrs. W. E. Anderson
T. S. Ferree
Charles H. Herring
(now deceased i
Mrs. James M. Peden
Graham B. Poyner
Miss Natalie Coffe
Mrs. Avis Knight
Dr. C. C. Robinson
Miss Clyde Smith
John H. Harris,
Dr. C. B. Wilkerson,
ffirfcer af IMarshtp
April 30, 1961 through May 7, 1961
Sunday morning. April 30. 1961, 11:00 O'clock
The Organ Prelude Mrs. William D. Miller. Organist
The Chiming Of The Hour
The Choral Call To Worship
The Hymn 279— "God Of Grace And God Of Glory" Rhondda
The Apostles' Creed
The Anthem — "Psalm 1 50" Lemandoivski
The Sesquicentennial Choir. Robert Bedle. Director
The Responsive Reading
The Gloria Patri
The Lesson From The Holy Scriptures — Saint Matthew 5:38-48
The Pastoral Prayer And The Lord's Prayer
The Hymn Of Christian Fellowship — "Blest Be The Tie That Binds" ( First Stanza |
The Worship In Tithes And Offerings
The Offertory — "With A Voice Of Singing" Shaic
The Dedication Of Tithes And Offerings ..Doxology
The Sermon— ON DOING MORE THAN OTHERS Bishop Paul Hardin. Jr.
The Hymn 267— "Rise Up. O Men Of God!" ....Festal Song
The Benediction And Choral Response
The Organ Postlude
TUESDAY EVENING. MAY 2, 1 96 1 . 8:00 O'clock
The Organ Prelude Mrs. William D. Miller, Organist
The Choral Call To Worship
The Hymn 279 — "Lead On. O King Eternal" Lancashire
The Evening Prayer
The Duke University Chancel Singers Paul Young. Director
The Lesson From The Holy Scriptures
The Duke University Chancel Singers Paul Young, Director
The Sermon— THE ETERNAT PIONEER Dr. Ralph W. Sockman
The Hymn 533 — "O God. Our Help In Ages Past" St. Anne
The Benediction And Choral Response
The Organ Postlude
WEDNESDAY EVENING, MAY 3, 1961. 8:00 O'clock
The Organ Prelude ..Mrs. William D. Miller. Organist
The Choral Call To Worship
The Hymn 50 — "Saviour. Breathe An Evening Blessing" ...Evening Prayer
The Evening Prayer
The High Point College Concert Choir J. Fryhover, Director
The Lesson From The Holy Scriptures — James 4:10-16
The High Point College Concert Choir J. Fryhover. Director
The Sermon— THIS IS YOUR LIFE Dr. Charles Ray Goff
Text — "For what is your life? It is even a vapour." — James 4:14
The Hymn 225 — "Take My Life, And Let It Be" ..Messiah
The Benediction And Choral Response
The Organ Postlude
THURSDAY EVENING. MAY 4. 1961, 8:00 O'clock
The Organ Prelude Mrs. William D. Miller, Organist
The Choral Call To Worship
The Hymn 378 — "I Love Thy Kingdom. Lord" St. Thomas
The Evening Prayer
The Pfeiffer College Concert Choir and Male Chorus William B. Thomas, Director
The Lesson From The Holy Scriptures — Philippians 3:13-21
The Pfeiffer College Concert Choir and Male Chorus William B. Thomas. Director
The Sermon— A COLONY OF HEAVEN Dr. James T. Cleland
The Hymn 384 — "O Where Are Kings And Empires Now" St. Anne
The Benediction And Choral Response
The Organ Postlude
SUNDAY MORNING. MAY 7. 1961. 1 1 :00 O'clock
The Organ Prelude. Mrs. William D. Miller. Organist
The Chiming Of The Hour
The Choral Call To Worship
The Hymn 1 8— "For The Beauty Of The Earth" Dix
The Apostles' Creed
The Anthem — "Praise To The Lord".... arr. Christiansen
The Sesquicentennial Choir. Robert Bedle. Director
The Responsive Reading
The Gloria Patri
The Lesson From The Holy Scriptures
The Hymn Of Christian Fellowship — "Blest Be The Tie That Binds"... (First Stanza )
The Worship In Tithes And Offerings
The Offertory — "Alleluia" Thompson
The Dedication Of Tithes And Offerings
The Sermon— FOR SUCH A DAY ..Dr. Robert E. Goodrich, Jr.
The Hymn 280 — "Onward. Christian Soldiers!"... .St. Gertrude
The Benediction And Choral Response
The Organ Postlude
THE MEMORIAL BOOK COMMITTEE
To the congregation and friends of this great church the Sesquicentennial Book Committee is pleased to
present Edenton Street in Methodism. Every step in its preparation was undertaken with prayer that it
might be worthy of its theme and that it might furnish both the present members and those of genera-
tions to come with an inspiring documented history of this beloved organization.
Work on the publication was started in June, 1960. After selecting the type of book that would be
appropriate, determining the subject matter desired, and studying the organization of the volume, the
committee accepted bids and awarded the printing contract. Research then began. Many members of the
church and friends of the congregation gave invaluable aid in supplying history and pictures. The col-
lection of material for the section on the Church of Today was made possible by the whole-hearted coopera-
tion of the entire congregation. Former associates, pastors, and the present bishop contributed greetings
Now with the distribution of the publication, the committee's work is ended. Its members have con-
sidered it a pleasure, a privilege, and an inspiration to produce the book and fervently hope that it will
meet with the approval of the membership of the church who entrusted to them the task of publishing
5 .jf^^Bu^^fefc^k -
Kern Holoman Co-Chairman
Blaine Madison Co-Chairman
Natalie Coffey Research and Editing
Cowin C. Robinson Distribution
Avis Knight Typing and Communication
Burnie Batchelor Photography
Clyde Smith Research
The committee wishes to express its appreciation to all those who were helpful in the publication of
Edenton Street in Methodism. It is not possible to name all individually, but the following deserve per-
sonal commendation for many hours of unselfish assistance in this work:
Miss Mary Gardner for her voluminous and interesting history; Landis Bennett, Eugene Spivey, Charles
Mc Adams, John Evans, Mrs. H. 0. Lineberger and Charles Wright for making valuable photographs avail-
able; Miss Mattie Reese, Miss Bessie Brown, Mrs. Gertrude Royster Sorrell and Mrs. A. Wray White for
historical information and documents; W. S. Tarlton for research and historical pictures; and David Jones,
Mrs. Doris Dosher, Mrs. Kern Holoman, and Skippy Little for artwork.
Edenton Street Methodist Church
"O, S pi lit of the Living God,
Thou Light and Fire Divine,
Descend upon Thy Church once more
And make it truly Thine."
OUR HOPE FOR YEARS TO COME
OUR CHURCH OF TOMORROW
BY C. A. DILLON
V^/ne hundred and fifty years ago . . . what an
inspiring scene if we could go back and witness the
beginning of our great church. Certainly it was a
small beginning, but it was a significant one. Destiny
was involved, and destiny helped to design the
pattern of Methodism in Raleigh. It was the begin-
ning of a church that would survive great physical
hazards including fire, lightning and storm. It would
undergo repeated destruction, building and rebuild-
ing, until today we have a church structure whose
beauty is admired by all who behold it. A nucleus of
Edenton Street Methodist Church members has been
the center around which many new churches have
been activated and have grown up while the member-
ship of our own church continues to be large.
One hundred and fifty years ahead of us ... .
what shall this church be? We try to visualize it, but
we are powerless to see so far into the future. Yet
we are already vitally concerned about the blueprint
for the future. We must plan wisely and work dili-
gently for the constant and effective growth of
Edenton Street Methodist Church, on this very spot
and on the land around it, so that there shall ever
be a great Methodist Church in downtown Raleigh.
We believe this is our privilege and opportunity to
serve the glory of God.
We need a downtown church which will provide
opportunities for worship, enrichment and spiritual
growth for all ages. We need and want older people,
yes, but we want many more children and youth and
young adults. We want and we have an increasing
number of these young people. Our church must have
a vital program to meet the need of all age groups.
To do this effectively we must have a beautiful and adequate church plant. As times change
our church will be called upon to provide for an increasing number of functions. In the very near
future we will be in need of additional Sunday School rooms. Our children and youth also need
facilities separate and apart from the rooms which are used for worship. They need places where
they can carry on a wide variety of wholesome and constructive recreational activities. We should
begin planning immediately for the construction of a recreational annex to our education build-
ing. We must have space, appropriately designed and equipped for dramatics, indoor games. Chris-
tian fellowship in play and other creative outlets for the energies of our young people.
If we are to have an adequate church plant, it will be necessary for us to acquire all the sur-
rounding land available, even if we are called upon to make sacrifices in money to gain possession
of the land which we want and need. There must be room for the growth and enlargement of
church buildings. Around the buildings of the present and the future, additional parking facilities
will be needed. People will not go to church where there is little parking space, just as they will
not patronize a store with limited space for their automobiles. A large and attractive parking
place with beautified surroundings will encourage people to attend the services of the church.
People will continue to come to our church seeking spiritual growth and guidance. There are
more hearts hungry for spiritual help and nourishment now than ever before. There are disturb-
dyde \. Dillon served as Chairman of the
Building Committee for the remodeling pro-
gram in 1051. and for the reconstruction in
1957. He has been active in the physical ex-
pansion plans and programs of the church for
more than thirty years. From this experience
he has anticipated the concrete needs of the
church of the future at the request of the
ing elements in modern society which make it necessary for our people to seek, more and more,
spiritual direction in their lives. Those who do not find spiritual direction will add failure to fail-
Our church program should be designed to give people, especially young people, what they really
need. Such a program would require us to have not one full-time associate pastor, but two.
There will be enough challenge from the entire community to keep two good associate pastors
busy, on the streets, in the homes of our people, with the people who might become numbered
among us, and in hospitals and nursing homes, where there are anxious eyes looking for a true
minister of Christ to come to their bedsides. Schools will be calling for the assistance of good
ministerial helpers. Clubs and civic organizations need their inspiration. We will also need a full-
time director of religious education and training in the ever-growing church. We should by all
means have a full-time minister of music who will teach the meaning of the beautiful hymns of
the church and who will train the various groups to sing them.
Looking to the future development and growth of Edenton Street Methodist Church, we are
aware of the challenge that lies ahead of us. If we stay constantly alert to provide an adequate
and appropriate church plant, plenty of parking space, and a consecrated and well-trained staff,
we shall be an ever-growing church in downtown Raleigh ; and we shall attract at all times the
young and the old by doing the most that we humanly can for the good of all, under the leader-
ship of the Holy Spirit. As God directs and as we respond to his every call, we shall seek His
approval and we shall be a happy people.
"Young souls meekly striving
To -walk in holy ivays."
' : >ti,
FROM THE HEART OF
A Prayer For Our
OERVING CHRIST AND HIS CHURCH
over a period of one hundred and fifty years
is a distinction and a sacred privilege for
which to be thankful. To have been numbered
among the congregations and pastors respon-
sible for these years inspires a prayer of
Thanksgiving to Almighty God. Therefore,
in the Name of the Father, and of the Son,
and of the Holy Spirit, the following prayer
Howard P. Powell, Minister
of Edenton street
F L T R EVERLIVING LORD, we come
to acknowledge an unpayable indebtedness,
the proportions of which we shall never be
able to comprehend until together we find
ourselves in The Father's House. Reverently
and humbly we give Thee hearty thanks for
those from whose hearts and hands we re-
ceived Thy benedictions. For the warmth of
their hearts, touched and made tender by the
Eternal Heart of God, we bless Thee. For
their impressive examples of fortitude and
unqualified loyalty to the Church they loved,
we praise Thy Name. For those who have
received and preserved their influence and
made it a part of our heritage we are grate-
We hold in tender memory those who from the beginning of this Church and throughout suc-
ceeding years have given themselves as officers, teachers, and workers in the Sunday School,
thus giving to the Church well trained boys and girls in mind and heart. We thank Thee for
those children whose parents have, through the Sacrament of Baptism, dedicated them early
to our Saviour and His Church. For those who in the atmosphere of this Sanctuary have com-
mitted their lives to Christ through repentance and the forgiveness of their sins and have as-
sumed the vows of membership in the Church. Blessed be Thy Name for all those whose marriage
vows have been spoken at the Altar of this Church thereby laying the foundation for Christian
homes. For those hearts have been comforted and whose minds have been alerted, we thank
Thee. For all the prayers that have been prayed here during the one hundred and fifty years of
history, we lift grateful hearts.
Make us worthy as we serve between generations preceding and succeeding us that we shall
not fail to strengthen the influence of the Church — proving ourselves worthy of our heritage
and equal to our responsibilities for the future. Through the ministry of the Holy Spirit inten-
sify our concern for all those for whom this Church will have a responsbility through the coming
years. Forbid that any one should be denied the benefits of grace through our neglect.
Grant unto those ministers, laymen and laywomen who will succeed us great vision, dedication,
wisdom, generosity, and devotion as followers of the Master in preserving spiritual traditions
purchased for them and us through sacrifices which we have not yet been willing to make.
Growing out of our faithfulness and loyalty to the Church may congregations find here spirit-
ual hospitality to the Highest — going forth refreshed, purified, and empowered to make goodness
attractive and immortality a necessity. In this Blessed Hope our Forefathers have lived ; in this
Blessed Hope we are now living, and in this Blessed Hope we anticipate in our prayers a glorious
future for our Church ! Through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
JESUS WITH THY CHURCH
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l J e — sus, with Thy Church a — bide; Be her Sav — iour
2. May her voice be ev — er clear, Warn - ing of a
Lord and Guide, While on earth her
Judge-ment near. Tell — ing- of a
faith is tried :
Sav — iour dear
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We be - seech Thee,
We be - seech Thee,
May she guide the poor and blind.
Seek the lost until she find,
And the broken-hearted bind ;
We beseech thee. Hear us.
May her lamp of truth be bright;
Bid her bear aloft its light
Thro' the realms of pagan night ;
We beseech, thee. Hear us.
5. Judge her not for work undone.
Judge her not for fields unwon.
Bless her works in thee begun ;
We beseech, thee, Hear us.
6. May she holy triumphs win,
Overthrow the hosts of sin,
Gather all the nations in;
We beseech, thee. Hear us.
"A thousand ages in Thy sight
Are as an evening gone — "
— And one hundred and fifty years of
service is no more than a single step
forward in the everlasting purpose
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